This set has the most translucent porcelain. As you stand, you can look down and see the pattern from the interior of the cup. It is dainty in all respects. The cup is vertically fluted with four large panels curving outward and turning the corners and the smaller four flutes curving inward. From the top view it slightly club shaped. The bottom of the cup blank is scrolled. This area of the cup is complete painted a soft mauve. A large spray of pink flowers are painted horizontally, but a smaller spray for the back hangs down from the rim. The gold is a beautiful soft burnished gold as delicate as the cup itself. The scroll pattern and color is repeated around the well of the saucer and the the flowers. Stems on the cup and saucer are raise gold!
The set is marked with the green circle (I call it a tire) over Limoges. L S & Sons. This stands for Lazarus Straus and Sons of New York. LS & Sons was among the leading if not THE leading importer of Limoges porcelain and other fine brands to the U. S.. They very much were 19th century and did well enough to purchase a number of European factories and in 1896 buy Macy's. The Straus of Macy's is the Straus of the importer. Since LS&S owned a Limoges plant along with others elsewhere, this could be a piece made particularly for Straus in the Limoges plant.
The saucer is 4 .5 inches in diameter and the cup stands just over 2 inches. No issue do I see for chips and cracks. No crazing (its Limoges)! But the handle is splatter painted in the gold. That may not have been the original look if it once was all gold. The splatter is very effective and such a loss of gold is not consistent with the condition of the gold on the remaining area which is very good. I am sure the remaining gold is not perfect under microscope...but it is remarkable for a piece over 100 years old.
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