This enchanting covered chocolate cup and saucer is heavily covered in bas-relief of female figures, centaurs & cupids all around the three pieces. The cup has a vine-like handle terminating in berries. Each is spectacularly hand painted, the colors just pop on the cover and the cup. Gold décor is hand painted on the saucer, and around the base of the cup. The lid has the same gold lines on the top which ends with a pine-cone finial. The saucer only has bas-relief of cherubs in clouds, but the entire rim is covered with the hand painted work. The cup and the matching lid have both cherubs and people encompassing the entire outside surface. It is an exquisite example of workmanship.
Both the saucer and the cup are made of the hard paste porcelain of early Naples and both are marked with the Coronet (Crown) over the letter N for Naples on the bottoms. The factory in Naples was opened in 1771, and although there was different ownerships this mark was used through to 1896.
The saucer has an additional mark of a gold rose; a mark in the center of the rose actually goes through to the front. The saucer is 5 ¾" wide. The cup has an additional mark of the numbers "1073" impressed on the bottom. The height of the cup is 3"' and the width is 2 ½"; with the lid on, the extreme height is 4 ½". The conditions of all three pieces are good. Looking under a black light, I see no repair or restoration work.
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