Today we are delighted to offer for sale a beautiful set of twelve demitasse cups and saucers made by Minton China! Mintons was a major company in Staffordshire pottery and “Europe’s leading ceramic factory during the Victorian era”. The company was an independent business from 1793 to 1968. It was a leader in ceramic design, working in a number of different ceramic bodies, decorative techniques, and “a glorious pot-pourri of styles – Rococo shapes with Oriental motifs, Classical shapes with Medieval designs and Art Nouveau borders were among the many wonderful concoctions”. As well as pottery vessels and sculptures, the firm was a leading manufacturer of tiles and other architectural ceramics, producing work for both the Houses of Parliament and United States Capitol.
This set of twelve demitasse cups and saucers is finely crafted and detailed. The timeless pattern, Cheviot Gold, was originally introduced in 1941. The set features a lovely pattern of painted gilded laurel leaves lining the saucers and inner rims of the cups. The handles and scalloped edges are lined in gold as well. The stamp on the bottom of these pieces dates the set to sometime after 1951, and before the pattern Gold Cheviot was discontinued in 1975. Some of the pieces’ maker’s marks are stamped in grey and some in gold (with the pattern number S-534 Gold Cheviot). Five of the cups and four of the saucers have Minton’s Substandard mark but after several inspections, these pieces have no obvious flaws.
The set presents beautifully, and is in very good vintage condition, with minor wear/scuffing and patina commensurate with age and light use. There is very minimal loss to gilding. Please take note that there is one chip on the edge of one of the cups – make sure to see the photos included. There are no other chips, breaks, or other damage in the set. This classic set of demitasse cups and saucers would make a fine addition to any fine porcelain dinnerware collection and will add elegance to any special soiree this holiday season! Fresh to the market!
Dimensions: Each cup measures approx. 2 1/8″ in height and 2 1/8″ in diameter. Each saucer measures approx. 4 1/2″ across.
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