Hot Chocolate Cups and Saucers

Hot cocoa cups circa 1860
The dimensions are 10 cm (upper diameter of the cups), 8.5 cm (height of the cups) and 14.5 cm (diameter of the saucers). 




Originally hot chocolate was a breakfast drink.
It was made from unsweetened chocolate mixed with cream, a mix beaten into a thick paste. 
Just before serving, sugar and hot frothy milk were added. 
In the second half of the eighteenth century the morning chocolate cup 
was larger than a coffee cup or teacup. 
Due to the thick paste it was slow to pour.
At social affairs in the afternoon, hot chocolate was served in small narrow cups 
about 3 inches in height by 2 ½ inches in diameter. 
The companion saucer measured approximately 4 inches across.
Most hot chocolate today is made from powdered cocoa.
It is a thinner beverage than the original drink and therefore it is served in a large vessel,
 such as a coffee cup, teacup, or mug.




Bohemian Thun porcelain set of Art Nouveau period, made and handpainted in Vienna, Austria - Vienna China. This is a Chocolate Pot set. Made from 1890 -1913 and signed "Heinz" by the artist.
Backstamp on bottom reads: Vienna Austria with the double shield & crown mark in green used on Count Thun porcelain items imported to the United States by PH Leonard (1890-1898) and later, Bawo & Dotter (1898 – 1913)





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  1. where is the set from, second from the bottom? it's lovely!

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    1. Bohemian Thun porcelain set of Art Nouveau period, made and handpainted in Vienna, Austria - Vienna China. This is a Chocolate Pot set. Made from 1890 -1913 and signed "Heinz" by the artist.
      Backstamp on bottom reads: Vienna Austria with the double shield & crown mark in green used on Count Thun porcelain items imported to the United States by PH Leonard (1890-1898) and later, Bawo & Dotter (1898 – 1913)

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