This is a beautiful teacup and saucer made by the Imperial Porcelain Factory in Vienna in 1826. The set has a lavish gilt ground and beautiful bands of pansies painted by Anton Friedl, who was famous for his flower paintings, but particularly his pansies.
This set is very rare and a true collectors' item. The shape of this set is very rare; I have not been able to find any other example in this shape without a teacup handle - effectively it is a tea bowl.
To add, the inside of the bowl is not glazed but raw porcelain, creating a very interesting contrast with the gilt interior wall. The set is heavily potted and the saucer has a carefully shaped well, which was a novelty at that time (most saucers until the 1820s were deeper without a well). Both cup and saucer have a very fine band of sprigs engraved into the gilt. The set is imprinted with the date code for 1826 and has a genuine underglaze blue Vienna mark. CONDITION REPORT The set is in excellent antique condition without any damage, repairs or crazing.
There is gilt loss as visible in the pictures, but the pansies are fresh and in perfect condition. Antique porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can have small firing lines or develop crazing over time, which should not be seen as damage but as an imperfection of the maker's recipes, probably unknown at the time of making. Items have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear, and gilt can have signs of slight disintegration even if never handled.I will reflect any damage, repairs, obvious stress marks, crazing or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks, stains and gilt disintegration can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account. There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i. A nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can easily see with the eye; a glazing line is a break in the glazing only; hairline is extremely tight and/or superficial and not picked up by the finger; and a crack is obvious both to the eye and the finger.
Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures! DIMENSIONS: (diameter) cup 9.2cm (3.65"); saucer 14cm (5.5"). The item "Extremely rare Vienna teacup and saucer, gilt and pansies by Anton Friedl, 1826" is in sale since Saturday, September 26, 2020.This item is in the category "Pottery, Porcelain & Glass\Date-Lined Ceramics\Pre-c. The seller is "rattlethecups" and is located in London. This item can be shipped worldwide.