Antique of the Week: Vieux Paris Coffee Service

Antique Letter EngravingIt is the beginning of the holiday season, so naturally we start using our favorite antique china collections on our tables to add a loving, personal touch to these festive settings. Antique china ~ accented with gold and hand-painted with vibrant floral designs such as this amazing Vieux Paris, or perhaps an Old Paris porcelain china service ~ will make a striking centerpiece to any Holiday Coffee or Afternoon Tea celebration!

Antique Vieux Paris Coffee Service

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What is known as Vieux Paris porcelain has been created by over 30 different artisan factories in Paris and the area surrounding the city, beginning in the 1700’s and continuing through the 1870s. Remarkably, this porcelain usually has no identifiable marks, but the delicate nature of this china and its Parisian quality is unmistakable, and can be recognized by shapes, styles and decoration.  The height of production during the Louis Philippe and Napoleon III Periods saw the creation of decorative pieces that appealed to the elite of France, and that were found in the most lavish and fashionable homes, townhouses and apartments of Paris and throughout the countryside.

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Hand-painted Vieux Paris porcelain coffee set.
This perfectly-preserved Vieux Paris porcelain coffee set was a real find for us, since we’ve seen so few of late, especially sets in such impeccable condition. With beautifully hand-painted porcelain embellished with an elegant floral design ~ each piece is a work of art. Every single porcelain dish has been meticulously crafted by hand using traditional methods dating back to 18th century Paris. Then, each has been painted with vibrant roses, violets, forget-me- nots and other floral sprays. An opulent gold leaf hand-applied border decoration completes the captivating motif. This coffee service was designed as an fashionable table setting during the period of Napoleon III in the middle of the 19th century.
Paris, circa 1850’s
Coffee Pot 9.5 x 9 x 6.5
Creamer 4 x 5 x 4
Sugar Bowl 5 x 7 x 5
Cups (6) 2.5 x 3.5 x 2.5
Saucers (6)1 x 5
Dessert Plates (6) 1 x 5
Bon Bon Dishes (2) 1 x 8 x 4

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