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American Lenox Belleek Classical three piece gilded coffee set

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20th Century
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Fine American Lenox Belleek porcelain gilded three piece coffee service, Classical influence, comprised of a covered coffee-pot, a covered double-handled sugar, and a creamer. The blank shapes reflect a Classical Grecian style, an urn-form having a semi-ovate body with cavetto-molded shoulders, supported upon an annulated waisted pedestal with a square base. Blocked “D”-shaped detached handles are banded above the returns. Conical fitted lids reiterate the body shape with an urn-shaped finial, embellished by a ball tip. The gold-painted decoration is executed by hand, circumscribing the upper walls of the body with a chain of draped gold-paste garlands each having symmetric trails of leaves anchoring three round-petal flowerheads with a short drop of leaves. As a finishing touch, the handles, lid finials, pedestal bases, and rims are gilded. The coffee pot shape has a single applied handle opposing an applied serpentine-shaped pouring spout with a tapering tubular form, which anchor two chains of three gold-paste garlands; fitted with a lid. The sugar is a smaller version of the coffee pot except that the pouring spout is replaced by a second handle. The creamer is circumscribed by four gold-paste garlands, anchored by the upper application of a single applied handle; a serpentine-shaped pinched pouring lip is drawn upward and outward from the top of the neck, opposing the handle. Attributed to Lenox Incorporated in Trenton, New Jersey, c. 1906-1924. The bottom surface of each piece has an overglaze light-green printed trademark composed of the circled initial “L” in cursive overlaid on the upper left side by an oval artist’s palette pierced by a paint-brush. Good condition. The coffee-pot measures 7 ¼" tall, 9 ½" long and 6" diameter. The sugar measures 5 7/8" tall, 6 ¼" long and 4 ½" diameter. The creamer measures 6" tall, 4" long and 2 ¾" diameter.

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