Antique French ironstone cup and saucer, rare set of coffee cup & saucer, Sarreguemines Perse, transfer decor of brown foliage and insects.
Diameter of the cup is 2 3/8″ (6 cm), 2 1/2″ (6.5 cm) tall.
The saucer has 5 1/8″ (13 cm) diameter.
Wonderful and very rare antique coffee cup with saucer, ironstone, with transfer decoration in monochrome brown featuring foliage and insects spread all over the pieces in “chintz style”, gilded fillets on borders, signed Sarreguemines Perse, letter “J”, this decor Perse is really VERY rare! A true collector’s piece!
Here are some info about this very interesting “Perse” decoration:
A Cross and Two crosspieces with the inscription U&C at the top, then SARREGUEMINES in the first crosspiece, then a stylized flower with 4 petals (Véronique de Perse) between the 2 crosspieces, then the word PERSE on the second crosspiece and finally a capital letter at the bottom.
Why a cross reminiscent of that of Lorraine?
It is certainly the will of the management of the Faïenceries to identify its production with the region of the parent company. Let’s not forget that we are in the second half of the 19th century, combining Persia from which many flowers known in Europe came, country of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and its representation “Lorraine” is in the tone of the time and therefore gave more impact.
The meaning of the use of this letter is very simple: each identifies a floral decorative motif. The decoration extends over the entire surface of the pieces, except for the place of the vignettes for the decorative plates. There are 12 letters. In order: B C D E F G H J K O R S, not all the letters have been found, some of them have to be identified.
They can be roughly dated after 1862 and before 1919. It is agreed to date the use of this cross around 1890 but pieces of old shapes already present these decorations; the taste for Persian art dates from the 1860s. Indeed, the Universal Exhibition in 1867 in Paris presented earthenware with this type of decoration and which had a very great success.
HOW TO USE IT:
Really a very special antique and rare antique cup to add to a collection of antique French ironstone – terre de fer! I simply adore Sarreguemines Perse earthenware, I think these french cups have a perfect equilibrium between form and decoration and they are precious to mix and match with other pieces.
This antique cup with saucer (early 1900s bowl) would display beautifully in your interior decoration inspired to French countryside and would be perfect also for home decor in Nordic or Jeanne d’Arc Living style! A collectable bowl simply perfect.
The cup and saucer are in good antique conditions, there are no ruptures and no hairlines. Gilding on borders is a bit faded.
The product has imperfections or a patina due to its age, as can be seen in the photos. Please take a close look at the pictures before making your purchase!
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