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Porcelain French Coquetier (egg cup holder)
A charming and most elegant holder for breakfast eggs, this little porcelain coquetier dates from 1900-1910. It comes from Paris, France.
Parisians have always been admired for their elegant presentation of food. This little porcelain egg cup holder is typical of the items produced for Parisian tables.
The trio is made of fine French porcelain. The two egg cup holders have a lovely fluted edge, which has gilt edging. The design around the top edge repeats a pattern of pink rose wreathes and gilt arabesque medallions.
The porcelain holder has a lovely handles which has been accented with gilt. The top edge as well as the four "feet" have been hand-painted with gilt accents. The front and back foot have an indented shell shape pattern. To the right and left of this are festoons and wreaths of pink roses with green leaves. Purple ribbons are at the center of the festoons. The bottom of the holder has the remains of a mark (one part appears to be a crown) in gilt.
The holder measures: 5" across, 3" deep and 4" tall. Each cup measures: 2 1/4" tall and 1 1/2" in circumference. All three are in excellent condition. Aside from light wear to the gilt edging, there is no visible wear, no chips or cracks.
This little piece is very useable, as it was originally intended. Or it would make a lovely holder for rings and small vanity items.
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