Beautiful French hand-painted faïence majolica cups and saucers with traditional Coq au Panier motif. The rooster is sitting in a woven basket filled with flowers. On the other side of each cup is a painted flower. All pieces have a comb rim. Because the cups and saucers are hand painted there are slight variations in each design and pattern. Each basket has a slightly different pattern. They don’t often come up for sale.
The three cups (diameter 10cm/4in, height 4.5cm/2in),
three saucers (diameter 13cm/5in)
two small plates(diameter 15cm/6in).
These aren’t too girly to use as even my husband said he liked the look of them.
Colours are: French pink – light and dark; forest green – light and dark; yellow; dark blue. The pattern has dark blue accents with small yellow centred flowers. The colours have a depth and patina not seen on many modern reproductions of this pattern.
There are two parallel black lines on the underneath surface of each of the three saucers, which indicate they might date from the second half of the 18th Century as marks started to be used from the 1880s. The fineness of the detail and drawing indicates the pottery comes from the St Clément, Lunéville. There are the three stilt marks from the kiln on the underside.
Due to the age of the items there is very slight wear and tear but there are no cracks or chips on the edges of the saucers. A few small spots of colour where the paint might have been a little thicker have dislodged through time and use. I have photographed and highlighted these on the saucers. There are two tiny chips in the glaze on the rim of one of the cups.
The set will be sold together for $188.10 for the set of three cups, three saucers and two plates.