12-Piece Tea Set in a Floral Pattern
Yongzheng-early Qianlong period, Qing dynasty
Porcelain with overglaze famille rose enamels
Teacups: 6 to 6.3 cm, saucers: 11.6 to 11.8 cm
The cups: 4 nearly perfect with small frits, 1 with hairline, 1 with firing flaw to glaze (but otherwise good)
The saucers: 1 perfect, 3 with 1 hairline, 1 with 3 hairlines, 1 damaged with piece re-stuck and a hairline.
From a French estate
This set is very finely and thinly potted. The saucers are nearly eggshell thin (hence their condition after ages of wear). Delicately enameled famille rose wares were an expensively novelty in the first half of the 18th century. Their function as a tea set was meant to highlight the expense of drinking tea in aristocratic Europe