This is a stunning piece of late 19th Century antique: a cabaret set to serve coffee for four, made in the 1890s by Victoria Austria. The set consists of a large tray, four cups and saucers, a coffee pot, a hot milk pot and a lidded sugar bowl.


The Victoria Porcelain Factory was operated by Schmidt & Co in Altrohlau, Bohemia (at the time in Austria, now Stara Role in the Czech Republic), which is a suburb of the famous town of Carlsbad (now Karlovy Vary). It is located in the Ore mountains, which contain a lot of Kaolin, the clay used for porcelain manufacture; this is the reason that the Carlsbad region was a major centre of porcelain factories. Combined with the fact that many wealthy Europeans and Russians used to come to Carlsbad to enjoy spa retreats in the medicinal hot springs, there was a huge trade in porcelain luxury goods. This beautiful cabaret set is clearly one of those items; you can't think of a more stylish way to have your hot coffee on a cold winter's day.


The set is a great example of the Bohemian porcelain tradition. It is made of hard paste porcelain; the tray, pots and sugar bowl potted quite thickly but the cups and saucers potted almost impossibly thin. The coffeepot, milk pot and sugar pot each have four round little feet. The ground colour of the set is a beautiful dark emerald green with panel exclusions for an array of king fishers and flower arrangements. The design is further elaborated with lavish gilt detail. The shape of the set is a nod to the emergent "Jugendstil" (Art Nouveau) trend of the time: the shapes pointing upward and the pot and cup handles being modern and square angled, while the tray has elegant round handles that allow your fingers to grip it well, making it easy to carry it around a room.


The set is stamped with a blue stamp "Victoria Austria".


This set is excellent for use but also a fabulous piece for display - with its modernist shape, it would make a stunning addition to both traditional and modern interiors.


CONDITION REPORT The set is in excellent antique condition. Its only point of damage is a chip off the rim of one cup, resulting in a fine hairline; if the coffee is not poured too hot, the cup is probably still fine for use. Other than this, there are no chips, cracks, repairs or crazing. The gilt is only slightly rubbed here and there but generally in good condition. The bird and flower decorations are in good condition as well. The set looks stunning and is still excellent for (careful) use.


Please note that all items in my shop are of vintage or antique condition. They have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear. I will reflect any damage, repairs or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks and stains can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account.

There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can see with the eye; a hairline runs over the surface glazing but not the body of the item and a crack runs through the body of the item, usually weakening its structure. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!


DIMENSIONS (diameter at the widest point): tray 41cm (16 1/8") from handle to handle, coffeepot 16cm (6.5") high incl finial, milk pot 14.5cm (5 3/8") high incl finial, sugar bowl 10.5cm (4 1/8") high incl finial, coffee cup 6cm (2 3/8") high, saucer 12.5cm (4 7/8").


SHIPPING I ship worldwide from the UK, mostly by Royal Mail 2nd Class for the UK and International Tracked and Signed for the rest of the world. I am happy to combine shipping charges on multiple items - please contact me to discuss. In principle I do not make a profit on shipping although for simplicity's sake I charge flat shipping fees. If the fee charged greatly exceeds the actual cost I will gladly refund you the difference - at the same time if it is slightly lower I will gladly make up the difference. In some countries shipping will end up significantly more than the expected fees and I will contact you to discuss our options. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING SHIPPING COSTS AND OPTIONS.

Cabaret coffee set, Victoria Austria Bohemian 1890s

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