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Rauenstein Wedding / Love Cup

This is an interesting single cup made by Rauenstein in second quarter of the 19th century and judging by the handle shape probably closer to 1825 than 1850. The piece is hand painted with a long saying or maybe even poem in black on a scroll with a puce bow above and under, two flaming torches to the top and two doves to the bottom. A bit of gold trim to top and bottom edge as well as to the handle. The handle has a nice shape to it with two "screws" where it attaches to the body. A more typical design for the period around 1800 and a personal favorite of mine. The saying is written in old German - I will give it a good shot here but it might not be perfect and will be translated into newer German and then English. "Es sei nicht Fessel, nein, ein suesses Rosenbund was Hyemen heut um Eure Herzen wand, es sichre Euch das hoechste Glueck auf Erden - das Glueck zu lieben und geliebt zu werden." In English this would be roughly "It is not a shackle, no, a sweet bouquet of roses that Hyemen(no idea what this word is in todays German) wrapped around your heart today, it assures you the greatest luck on earth - the luck of loving and being loved" So some sort of marriage cup or something in that direction. It would make a superb wedding present! Really a sweet piece and unusual as well. Not too hard to match a saucer to it - a plain white one with a gold trim would do perfectly. I will have a look for one. The cup is marked underneath with the R-n. mark in under glaze blue as shown. The piece is in perfect condition with a minor touch of gold wear. It is 2.5 inches tall and 2.5 inches in diameter. Please email me for more information or photos.

Price is $299
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