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Dresden Porcelain Coffee Set, Helena Wolfson, C1890

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This is a wonderful 19th century porcelain partial coffee set hand-painted with courting scenes, putti, floral sprays, and butterflies on a yellow ground; bearing crossed swords mark of the Dresden studio of Helena Wolfson and consisting of: a coffee pot and lid with rose bud finial and twisted vine handle; a footed creamer with vine handle; a covered sugar with floral finial; a set of 6 cups with twisted vine handles and shaped rims, some with whimsical insects dancing on the interior; and a set of 6 saucers with shaped rims, some with flowers and butterflies on the reverse. Condition: the cups and saucers may be from two different sets although the shape is uniform, three of them are much more yellow and heavily glazed. The other three match the pot, creamer and sugar and have a duller finish, not as bright yellow, a border around and the bugs and insects inside; one cup with rim chip and hairlines, rose finial chipped, small chips on the underside of pot lid, roughness on sugar bowl rim and gilt wear on all pieces. There is also a small chip on one point of the saucer and a hole (manufacturing defect) inside one cup. Some of the yellow is quite streaky. Measurement: coffee pot: 9 _" h; creamer: 6 _" h; sugar: 4 _" h; cups: 3 _" h ; saucers: 5 _" h .