|Title:||Limoges China Set|
|Description:||Service for 12 (except for only 5 coffee cups) and serving bowls, creamer, sugar, etc. Marked "France Depose, Ahrenfeldt Limoges, pour C. Reizenstein, Pittsburgh-Allegheny" on bottom. Pattern is cluster of roses.|
|Condition:||All appear to be in very good condition, except 1) There is some wear on gold trim, and 2) the gravy boat has a small chip on inside of rim.|
|Origin:||Inherited from grandmother through aunt.|
|Appraised By:||Johanna Johnson|
|Appraiser Comments:||Porcelain Dinnerware Set ; Circa – 1910 ; Country of Origin – France ; Manufacturer – Charles J. Ahrenfelt ; Importer – Charles Reizenstein Company ; Pattern - Unknown ; Mark - 1894-1930 ; Style – Embossed Serpentine Edge ; Description – Floral, Roses in Trailing Scrolled Leaves ; Condition – Good 12 Each - Dinner Plate, Salad Plate, Bread Plate, Coupe Soup Bowl, Dessert Bowl / 7 Each - Saucer / 5 Each - Coffee Cup & Saucer Set / 1 Each – 16 Inch Platter, 11 Inch Platter, 8 Inch Platter, 10 Inch Oval Covered Vegetable Dish, 9 Inch Round Covered Vegetable Dish, Round Covered Butter Dish, Covered Sugar Bowl, Creamer, Gravy Boat with Attached Underplate // The C. Reizenstein and Sons imported your dinnerware set from Charles J. Ahrenfelt Limoges, France to be sold exclusively at their store. // The Charles Reizenstein Company was an international acclaimed glassware designer and manufacturer and America’s oldest family-owned china and glassware concern. The first store was established on Federal Street in Allegheny (now Pittsburgh) in 1865. Father and son (Charles and Louis) came to old Allegheny, where a store was established in Federal Street. The store was located just north of the "old hay market" in about 1865. It would become the exclusive glass shop of C. Reizenstein and Sons. Louis made 48 Trans Atlantic trips, visiting most European cities starting in 1882. By 1885 the Reizenstein family lived on Fremont Street in Allegheny City. Charles died in 1898. His son Louis Reizenstein carried on the family business and was an internationally known glass and china authority, and was head of the Charles Reizenstein Sons for almost 50 years. In 1927, King Albert of Belgium made Louis Reizenstein Commander Order of the Crown for giving ideas to the Belgium's glass industry. // Charles Ahrenfelt was born in Germany in 1807 and died in 1893. He was involved in many aspects of the porcelain business during his lifetime. He imported China to New York in the 1830s. In the 1840s he moved to Paris where he opened a studio for decorating porcelain, He moved to Limoges, France in 1860 where he opened an export firm and in 1884 he opened a decorating Studio. It is thought that he opened a porcelain factory shortly before his death, which his son Charles J. Ahrenfelt took over; Charles J. was born in 1856. During the late 1890s the company carried on an extensive export trade. They made whiteware and decorated table china. Factory pieces are double marked with the CA mark and the importers mark. // I spent several hours trying to match your pattern and was unable to do so with any certainty, mainly because the largest majority of the dinnerware produced by Charles J. Ahrenfelt looks alike with only little tiny differences. This is not a problem for valuing the set; it is only a problem if you are looking for replacement pieces. My suggestion to you is to either check out the photos on the www.replacements.com website while holding a plate in your hand or take a really good photo of the plate and mark and write to them. Because this set was a special order destined for the Charles Reizenstein Company, it might not be listed in their database anyway. The closest I came was AHR106 however I could not tell if your plate had random yellow roses and I felt that the center flowers did not match. // Insurance replacement value on your set should be $2,750.00.|
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