Monday, January 24, 2011

Napoleon and Company Demitasse Cups

Hi all! I've been busy all day emptying a china cabinet in the kitchen. I could not believe how much dishes I was able to fit in there. I took pictures and maybe I'll show it for Kim's A + B party. It just seemed impossible but I know for a fact they all came from there.
Anyway, for today I would like to join Marty's tabletop and tea parties. Links will be below.
We're having expresso or capuccino in the living room using my Napoleon and company demitasse cups.
This is our coffee table top in the formal living room.

I have shown this set before but I would really love to know more about it so if any of you have any info, please let me know. We won it at an antique auction for about $37.00, I think.

This is the marking under the cups.

There is a different person pictured on each cup. I am pretty sure one of them is Napoleon but I do not know the other 2. Vanna, maybe you know and you can tell me.

Cornelia, who is frequently a tablescaping guest at Susan's sent me this link where they were selling one cup set for CHF 450 (not sure what that currency is) but she said it is equivalent to pretty much the same in US $, I think.
Sorry, I do not know how to make a short cut of the link. Gloria of Happy to Be sent me the instructions before but it is gone with my crashed old computer. Whoever can tell me how to do it, please email me the instructions.

Here's Napoleon in the foreground. Who is the other guy?

Here is the marking under the cup.

Marking under the saucer

I really love this tray that came with the set.

On the table is also a Sevres compote and a vase with roses. They're dried flowers cause none of my rose plants is producing any fresh flowers yet.

I bought this tutu dancers figurine from Vanna. I love it! Next to it is a lion head sculpted candle.

I placed the candle inside a crown.

This is my under the table shelf top, a Sevres casket, a little bejeweled bunny, my collection of raw semi precious rocks and stones, a peacock figurine, a Meissen bird figure, a small urn with faux roses and a Turkish (I think) chess set my stepdaughter gave her dad. Also, a little tree with amber stones.

I am linking with:
Wanda Lee and Pam's Tea Things Tuesday at

Sandi's Tea Time Tuesday at

Marty's Tabletop Tuesday at
Lady Katherine's Teatime Tuesday at
Martha and Terri's Tea cup Tuesday at
Wanda Lee's Tuesday Tea for 2 and Wednesday's Teatime at

Thanks ladies, for hosting these wonderful memes and thank you all for stopping by!


Donnie said...

Wow Christine. That set is so beautiful. Sorry I don't know anything about them. You have a lovely room.

Erica (Irene) said...

Christine......This set is gorgeous, I also love the other things and your home. Sorry I can't help you, but thanks for sharing those gorgeous pieces.

Unknown said...

Christine, I don't know any history about that tea set but it is absolutely would be cool if there was an antiques roadshow coming around sometime soon, you could take it to them...those people seem to know EVERYTHING! Let us know if you find anything out
Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

Christine, those teacups are exquisite!! The green one is my favorite with the woman's profile.

Love the tutu girls you bought from Vanna! I am so very glad she has come back to grace blogland aren't you? I really missed her!!

bee blessed

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sorry - I am of no help, but you have some pretty treasures. I have a "crashed' computer also, that I need to take the hard drive out of and destroy, but just have not wanted to deal with getting it done.
Enjoy your week.

The Tablescaper said...


You have so many beautiful treasures.

- The Tablescaper

Chandy said...

Christine, those are precious! I can't believe you had them in all in one cabinet!

lvroftiques said...

Awww Christine I thought I recognized those sweet girls! Yes the one is definitely Napoleon as is the platter (Did it come with the set too?) Because pardon my french here... Mère sainte de Dieu!! That was a steal my friend! The other cup is probably Josephine? But I'm embarrassed to admit I'm not sure who the other gentlemen is. A famous french general is my guess. I'll get back to you on that one. The set is from Switzerland and the 450 CHF is about $475 US...for one cup! And you have a whole set! You have some really exquisite things Christine! I'm coming over and we need to hit some of those auctions my friend! *winks*

Abramyan Avenue said...

Absolutely beautiful!! I love every piece!

Tra La La Boom De Ay said...

The bears of Bern, Switzerland. The markings are in French. Political leaders who caused Bern angst. I believe the lady is Queen Anne...possibly...probably since she tried to take away religious freedom. It is a play on words since Bern is known for bears, the animal. A polictical statement dating back to the 1700's. The marking could possibly be that of Naples. The Crowned "N" in red. I am uncertain of the last part though but thinking this is close. Sleepy but blessings to you my dear friend.

Tra La La Boom De Ay said...

PS...sorry I didnt spell check...sleepy here.

Blondie's Journal said...

I hope you find the history behind this exquisite pieces, Christine. Your tea looks so pretty set up in the living room and you always accessorize so nicely! Beautiful!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my Christine, you have the most amazing things and I always love looking at them. You create the most wonderful vignettes. I could sit in that room and just stare and drool for hours. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Christine,
You have the most amazing collections! Your cups are gorgeous and very unique! Love the tray too! Thank you for joining me for tea and helping me celebrate my anniversary party. Have a lovely week.


Anonymous said...

Christine you have the most amazing china! These demitasse cups are gorgeous!

SmilingSally said...

Beautiful treasures, Christine.

I like your new heading too!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Christine, you have such wonderful collections. It is amazing when we pull stuff out at how much we actually have. Of course I don't have a lot of dishes like you do. I have no place to put them.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh girl I want to go shopping with you and John..and I'll even carry my own purse ha ha!! You hit the motherlode my friend..Beautiful pictures of all the eye candy and Vanna both have some of the best antiques..I want some ha ha!! Hope you have a GREAT day it was fun talking you you guys last nite..need to do that more often..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Shelia said...

HI Christine! Oh, how beautiful! I love those gorgeous little cups!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anonymous said...

hmm, that other guy looks a lot like the Duke of Wellington, but he fought Napoleon and he usually wore I doubt if it is him? Love your things, and it has been a while since I visited you! Love your new header and I am wondering who all those people are on it!!!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Christine, I have never seen a set like that, and it is beautiful!! I love the tutu dancers! So pretty!! So many gorgeous treasures!

Lou Cinda

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

C/X, You must be the world's best shopper! YOU are the hostess with the mostest... love seeing all your pretties.

Mary Bergfeld said...

Christine, these are really lovely treasures to add to your collection. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Marie said...

Truly an exquisite tea set Christine! I love the Josephine tea cup the best.
-marie said...

Very pretty and you put everything together beautifuly-as always.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Christine, you have some truly remarkable things. hugs ~lynne~

Marlis said...

looks like empress josephine.. not sure who the guy is.. but will look around. These are soo lovely. You can tell they are exquisite and I'm sure seeing them in real life is even more of a treat. You have some real treasures and your display of them is even more perfect. Very lovely Christine.

Gloria said...

Everything is lovely and such pretty colors too!

Jewel Sauls said...

What an incredible set! When you learn more about them, please share! Love all the wonderful treasures you have in your lovely home!

Wanda Lee said...

Hello there Christine,

I'm delighted that you joined us once again with the fun for TTTT as well as for the 67th, 'Tuesday Tea For Two'; our little corner of, 'Tuesday Tea Time In Blogland!..,

~ (Yes there were accidentally 'two' links; thanks for mentioning it Christine. ~ (I had posted about my technical difficulties at the time, yet I realize that there is always so much to read on each blog when we are all visiting one another)..,

.., (Thankfully I was able to remove the extra links without messing up my post)!..,

And oh my! ~ I just love, love, love your tea table vignette this week!..,

..,Every exquisite detail on your teatable vignette, from the incredible teaset to the beyond lovely antiques are marvelous! ~ Simply stunning in their detail and vintage beauty!..,

~ As an aside; there is a special category of collectors teacups that are finely rendered and very high quality called; 'cabinet teacups'. .., They are true collectors rarities and are thus aptly named as a very special category of collectable. ~ The owners usually reserved these rare teacup beauties for display only and placed them most carefully in fine display, 'cabinets'!..,

They were usually made in the late 1700's to the early and mid 1800's at the latest I believe; these seem to be made later, although they are lovely Christine!..,

Whereas I am by no means an expert in antique teacups; their makers, values and markings, unfortunately I do not recognize the markings.

Hope this is of a wee bit of interest..,

Thanks so much for sharing this loveliness with all of us!..,

Have a wonderful week!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee
and also

P. S. ~ Sorry I was so late this week in posting due to technical difficulties, (especially with my, 'The Plumed Pen' blog).

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Christine,
those are really outstanding cups, very nice in decor and very impressive. Love the artful paited faces. Alas, I don't know anything about them. Could the crowned N be tha mark of antique Capodimonte? I am not sure.
Greeitngs, Johanna

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That is a beautiful set. I don't know anything about it but it is lovely. I think your tutu girls are Dresdon, my grandmother had several.
When you copy the link you just click on the little green thing at the top next to the color selection. You just put the link in the box that comes up but I always delete the http:// that is in the box when you open it.

paperbutterfly said...

How unique this set is. A very special set. Love china with history. Thank you for sharing with us @TTTT. As always it was a pleasure. Look forward to seeing you soon.
Have a blessed week.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That's an exquisite set, Christine. I can't tell from the picture, but check online and see if the other man is General Lafayette. It could well be. Not sure who the woman is. The other gentleman might also be Napoleon's nephew. I would check photos online of those two and see if you can find a match. Either way, that's a wonderful set, and I think it is far and away much more expensive than the price you paid. I would think that cabinet cups of that high a quality would each be worth more than that. Good deal!


Sheila :-)

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow, many beautiful things! I especially love the Napoleonic tea set...gorgeous! I hope you are having a great weekend...hugs...Debbie

Lady Katherine said...

Your collections are amazing! So unique! I would love to hear more about how you make your gourmet coffees, I am a Tea Lady! lol I got to learn for the store! You have so many wonderful treasures! I love this room. Sorry I haven't visited much, a lot going on in my life, but that not unusual. I do have baby lambs which take lot of my energy to keep up with them and my grandchildren, whom I have now sometimes 24 hours a day for days. Then there been all the things going on with the store. I miss visiting everyone so much. I will think I will get a minute and it goes to someone else. Miss talking with you!!! Thank you so much for helping me keep my dream alive of Tea Time!!!!!

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