Terrific little Austrian demi-tasse cup & saucer, richly gilt and signed by the artist. A deep red, almost a maroon, enamel overlays the white ground. The edges of the saucer are gilt, and there is a fine gold decoration encircling the saucer with four gilt foliate motif designs. the cup has a cartouche, rimmed with two types of gold border, surrounding a pastoral romantic scene. The figural group, in situ, is a mixture of transfer and hand painting; it is this where we find the signature. It looks like "Forsh" to me; but I am terrible at this sort of thing. The rim of the cup is gilt, the handle absolutely smothered in gold, and inside the cup is a large gilt band. Condition is very good. The gild work is nearly perfect. A tiny loss, shown on the 7th picture. Also shown on picture 7 is a tiny loss of enamel. There are no chips, hairlines, hazing, crazing, breaks, etc. Both cup and saucer are marked with a beehive mark associated with Haas & Czjzek, active 1918-1945; and "Made in Austria".
Dimensions: The saucer is 4.5" diameter, 0.5" high. The cups is 2" tall, 2.75" long and 2" diameter at the top.
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