This soft paste porcelain covered cup and saucer was produced in Germany by Hochst in 1775. The saucer has a diameter of 6 1/2 inches and the cup is 6 inches high. The saucer has a deep well for the cup to fit into so that it does not slide off. This was called a "trembleuse" by the French. The set is decorated in the most opulent fashion. The style and decoration are taken from the French Sevres factory. The scrolled borders are accented with raised gilding. There are applied fruits and leaves on the lid and on each side of the handle. The front of the cup has a landscape with figures dressed in 18th century costumes. It is beautifully hand painted with bright colors.
Condition: The cup has a chip on the rim near the handle. It is towards the back of the cup. The leaves on the top of the lid are slightly rough. Gilding on the rim of the saucer is worn. Flaws such as these are part of the life story of a 200 year old cup and saucer. It is a wonder that such a rare, fragile item has survived at all.