Old Paris porcelain coffee or tea service, decorated with hand-painted flowers and gilt striping. There are a total of 22 pieces.
Description: cream jug (7¾” x 4” diameter); covered sugar bowl (7” tall with lid x 4¾” diameter); tall coffee pot (11” tall to top of finial on the lid x 8” x 5” diameter); smaller coffee pot; nine cups (average 2½” x 2¾” diameter); and nine saucers (averaging 5⅜” in diameter). The lot weighs slightly less than five pounds before packing.
As is the case with most Old Paris china, the pieces are not marked. We believe the set dates from the early to mid-1800s, and that it was, of course, made in France.
Because the pieces were hand crafted and decorated, they are not perfectly alike. The floral decoration varies somewhat from piece to piece, and some pieces are not perfectly round or are slightly lopsided.
Condition: mostly good for a set this age. The set appears not to have been used a great deal, because there are only one cup and one saucer with hairline cracks. One cup has what appears to be an attempt at repainting the gilt along one edge, and there is some touch up to the gilt on the spout of the larger coffee pot. The finial of the lid to the larger pot also has been repaired and reinforced with a metal pin. The floral painting is in good condition, and most wear is to the gilt accents. Most of that wear is light to moderate.
We have done our best to show such damage and flaws in the photographs we submit with this listing.
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