This porcelain demitasse cup and saucer was produced in Germany by a Dresden decorator.
We believe that it was made by Donath Dresden because it is marked in red and the coloring and style are similar to others we have had. There is an artist’s signature in the lower right corner of the portrait which may be Wagner. The cup is marked Madame Montesson, wife of King Louis the XV. The saucer is 4 inches in diameter. The cup is 1 7/8 inches tall with a diameter of 1 7/8 inches. The cup is can shaped and the form is simple. The front of the cup has a reserve with the hand painted portrait of this beauty from the 18th century. The portrait is hand painted with fine detail and rich coloring. It is surrounded with a shiny, beaded and raised gold frame. The body of the cup and saucer are colored with an iridescent paint that shades from deep green to purple, depending on the light. The sides of the cup are elaborately gilded with raised and beaded gilding. The saucer has beaded gold trim and a gilded medallion the center of the well. Even the bottom of the saucer has gilded accents. This is a demitasse cup and saucer of the finest quality, done in the Royal Vienna tradition, that is a true work of art.