The cup is a lovely cotton candy pink and the saucer is a beautiful blue. Both are ornate silver overlay. The handle is silver as well. The saucer has a handwritten "Argent Fin " on the base which translates as "pure silver".
It also has a signature which is probably the makers mark but I cannot make it out. No chips, cracks or repairs to either piece.
So fine and delicate and while putting it up to light you can see the shadows through it which is stunning porcelain. The set is quite small and delicate, the cup is about 1&1/2" or 4 cm across the top and is about 2" or 5 cm high. The saucer is 4 or 10 cm across.You are viewing a most attractive opportunity and one that will be of particular interest to our more serious collectors. We are offering an outstanding example of porcelain and silver overlay that would have been affordable to only the most affluent of the period. Only saucers would be the only ones to have the markings. The base mark on the saucers reads Argent fin (French for Silver) in hand script with a capital A in script underneath. We have included an image of this mark for your information. Silver overlay floral decoration - the workmanship is outstanding and no effort has been spared to produce this outstanding example of beauty.
The silver overlay is of a very high quality and stands out with a jeweled effect. An investment for the future. Background Information: The custom of drinking tea became a British institution when the Victorians took to serving it every afternoon in the parlour - until 1800 it had been customary to drink tea after dinner.
This custom was to continue well into the 1930s when coffee became the vogue for the middle to upper classes. For the Edwardians, everything really did stop for tea and no afternoon was not complete without at least one serving of tea and cakes. The early dusks of winter in the drawing room were brightened with the arrival of the maid with her tray, while in warm summers the bright, airy conservatory with its profusion of exotic plants made an excellent setting in which to drink the refreshing China and Indian teas, served from fine, floral decorated china. Tea would be served in a beautiful and colorful tea-service. The item "Antique French Porcelain Teacup Silver Overlay Demitasse Argent Fin Signed" is in sale since Thursday, April 4, 2019.This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Ceramics & Porcelain\Cups & Saucers". The seller is "ser-en-dip-i-ty" and is located in Bristol, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped worldwide.