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Gotha Lidded Cup & Saucer

This is a cup and saucer made by Gotha around 1820 (the mark was used from 1805 to about 1830). Gotha is probably the best of the Thuringia makers in terms of quality of the paste and painting. This cup and saucer is one of the finest examples of Gotha's work. The only high quality items made suring this period where the ones made to order of which this is an example. The shape is what is very rare as is the fact that is has a lid. It is probably one of the neatest and rarest cups I have ever seen. The lid is triangular and is decorated with a nice gold trim. The cup is also triangular and has the same gold trim plus two panels with lilies and one panel with a house over which a dove is flying with a lily in its beak. The cup sits on top of three lion paw feet and has a nice scroll handle. And the saucer is also triangular and has the matching gold trim with the letter L in the center on a blue background with a wreath of the same lilies around it and 8 Aout above it meaning the 8th of August. Too bad there is no year mark. Each side has something written in French on it which I cannot be certain what it says since my French is lousy. Both the cup and saucer are marked underneath with the black script Gotha mark. The set is in great condition with no wear to the gilding. There is one scratch to a lily panel but in the white area so nothing to worry about and a chip to the top part of the handle which doesn't go through and has never been broken off. Three toenails of the feet are chipped but just the very fronts. A bit of blue stain to the underside rim of the lid so it can't be seen. The cup and lid are 4 inches tall and 3.5 inches wide. The saucer is 7.125 inches wide and 1 inch tall. Please email me for more information or photos.

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