Incredible early 19th c. porcelain tea and coffee service with 6 matching cups and saucers in original fitted wooden box, each piece individually hand painted over raised and molded decoration. The handles all depict a piece of coral applied to each piece. The lids all are topped with applied fruit finials and the painting is typical Romanesque classical figures and landscapes. Each piece is further decorated with gold enamels. The quatrefoil-shaped sugar bowl is large and impressive as sugar was a rare and expensive commodity. A large sugar bowl indicated great wealth and is placed in a prominent position in the boxed display. It is 6.25" x 4.75" x 5" high. The cups are 4.5" across and 2.25" high. The saucers are 5 1/8" in diameter. The box is 24" x 19" x 6 1/2" high. Excellent overall condition, the leather cover on the box is worn, the wood intact and the velvet lining in great shape.
Cups, 4.5" diameter x 2.25" height
Saucers, 5.37" diameter
Box, 25" length x 19" width x 0.5" height x 6" depth