5 cups Mid Century Cream & Sugar China and Eschenbach in Bavaria Beautiful antique, out-of-print pattern!
This China was used to serve cream and sugar to customers at the Midcentury Cafe in Los Angeles. It is made by Eschenbach in Bavaria and dates from about 1950. The design is beautiful, with curving lines and a floral motif.
The China has six sections that can be used for serving different dishes: one large section for desserts and five smaller sections for tea sandwiches, coffee, and milk products such as milk shakes and ice cream. The larger section has two parts: a flat plate for cakes and another one with a raised edge for putting breads, cookies, and other pastries on while they are still hot from the oven. The smaller sections have handles that can be pulled up to lift them off the table or used as a step to get onto a higher chair or stool where younger children can't reach the jug. The China has a diameter of 20 inches and a height of 9 inches.
Where did this China come from? This beautiful china was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Lyons who ran the Midcentury Cafe in Los Angeles from 1952 to 1969.
L9009 JAPANESE MIKASA FINE CHINA SET, DRESDEN ROSE PLATES, BOWLS, CUPS Full Color Photographs of Egan Mew's "Dresden China," about 1910.. 1850-1924.. Set of 6 Meissen Porcelain Pink Roses Fine China Dresden Plates 9 5/8" 12 exquisite din plates adorned with Dresden flowers in cobalt RA665 by Royal Doulton china, some marked on the base with labels indicating they were part of a japanese importation kit. The set is fully decorated with pink and white roses on a light blue ground, and is signed "Mew" on the base of the cup.
This set was probably made for export to Japan. Each plate has its own box with the inscription "Jap. Mikasa" and "Fine Chine". One can also see the maker's mark: L9009. This factory was based in Tokyo but worked with local artists and craftsmen to create innovative designs that would appeal to Japanese customers. It started as a porcelain workshop but soon expanded into pottery, glass, and metal products as well.
The China Museum in Beijing has many examples of Chinese export ware from this period. Japan had no silk but did have porcelain, tea, woodblock prints, and lacquerware. So these japanese imports became symbols of wealth for Chinese merchants who wanted to sell them abroad.
Royal Copenhagen's classic "Flora Danica" porcelain pattern. This well-known design, which contains floral artwork, first appeared in 1790. It is the world's most costly commercially made china design. The set of six plates cost $200,000 (about £140,000/$220,000) at Christies auction house in May 2011.
It's not just Royal Copenhagen who produce valuable china. Other famous brands with very rare and highly priced sets include Limoges, Sèvres, Tékumel and Vincenzo Cerami.
China has a long history of luxury goods production and many expensive china sets from ancient times have been discovered. In fact, some of these pieces are so beautiful that they're used as decoration today. One such example is the L'Enfant de Chine plate which was designed by Antoine LePlateau and produced by Limoges china between 1770 and 1800. It features a peacock sitting on a rock surrounded by flowers and vines - a perfect image for a banquet table setting.
The most expensive Chinese pattern set currently on sale at auction is the Vincenzo Cerami "Dama de Flori" service from 1816. It consists of two bowls decorated with flowers and plants and two saucers with more designs on them.
Meissen porcelain, also known as Dresden porcelain or porcelaine de Saxe, is a German hard-paste, or real porcelain, made from 1710 until the present day at the Meissen plant in Saxony (now Germany). It is characterized by its vivid colors and fine details.
Dresden china has been manufactured under the name "Meissen" since 1807. The original factory site in Dresden was destroyed during World War II but has since been rebuilt. Today's production takes place at several large factories across Germany. China used for Dresden china products is imported from various countries including China, Japan, and South Korea.
Germany is one of the world's leading producers of glass, chemicals, and machinery instruments. However, it also has a long history of making porcelain that is recognized around the world. Meissen porcelain is one of Germany's most famous brands and is popular with both collectors and consumers.
In addition to being a popular brand with consumers, Meissen is also highly valued by collectors. There are two types of Meissen porcelain: majolica and naturalistic. Majolica is a type of ceramic ware decorated with colored enamels. These enamels contain small amounts of ground metal particles which give them their bright colors.
The bottom of each piece features an oval with the words "Master Chef" in the middle and "Stainless Steel 18/10 Made in China" around the edge...
...and "Master Chef" is printed on the side of each plate. The website states that all the cookware is "strictly quality checked before delivery to ensure the highest standard of excellence".
However, not all Master Chef cookware is made by the same manufacturer. Some models are produced by well-known Chinese companies such as Anolon and All-Clad, while others are marketed under private labels.
It's best to buy cookware based on its use rather than its brand. For example, you should look for stainless steel rather than aluminum because aluminum conducts heat poorly and can be toxic if not handled properly.
As for this particular product line, the quality of the cookware does seem good but it's important to remember that manufacturing standards can vary between manufacturers.
The German tradition of creating lebkuchen homes (gingerbread houses) has spread around the world and is now a delightful and joyous tradition in many nations. Nuremberg, Germany is regarded as the gingerbread capital of the world. Each bakery keeps its recipe a closely guarded secret. But it's not hard to find recipes online for making your own.
Gingerbread or lebkuchen is the most popular Christmas cookie in Germany. It is said that Saint Nicholas brought lebkuchen with him when he came to Germany to serve Christmases years ago. Today, lebkuchen is eaten during the holidays and on other special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. It makes a delicious gift too!
Lebkuchen is made from soft wheat flour, sugar, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper. It is baked in molds shaped like animals or people and often includes colored sprinkles or icing. The best-known lebkuchen is Nürnberger Bratwurst, which is cooked like sausage and usually served with ketchup. Another famous lebkuchen is Eierstickler, which is egg yolks mixed with sugar and baked into cakes.
In Germany, you will most likely find lebkuchen if you ask for "Kagelhopf" or "Kugelhopf".