This 40 piece porcelain coffee service was produced in France by Haviland & Co. Limoges in 1876. There is a green mark under glaze and a printed mark in brown. Interestingly, this set must have been made for the British market because it also has an impressed registry mark for the year 1876. A couple of pieces in the set have red, hand painted inventory numbers, 8-3303.
The set consists of a coffee pot measuring 9 1/2 inches high and 8 inches across from the handle to the spout; a sugar bowl with lid that is 6 1/4 inches high; a cream pitcher 6 inches high; 8 cups 2 3/4 inches high; 8 saucers with diameters of 5 3/4 inches; 8 dessert plates with diameters of 7 1/4 inches; 2 serving plates with diameters of 9 1/2 inches; a waste bowl with a diameter of 6 inches and a height of 3 inches.
The style of the set is similar to that of Paris porcelain. Some of the pieces have curly incised marks that some unmarked Paris porcelain pieces have. The porcelain is quite heavy. The handles on the pot, sugar and cream pitcher are in the shape of woven rope. The set is decorated with hand colored transfers of flowers and foliage. They are all different. All of the pieces are trimmed and accented with gold.
Condition: One saucer has a small chip which we have shown in the last photo. There is some light wear or thinning to gilding on a couple of pieces but it is difficult to see. It is amazing that this set is in otherwise excellent condition, considering its age. The total weight of this set is over 18 pounds before packing. For information about shipping, please contact us by email.