|Title:||EPIAG china: Dinner and Tea sets -pink porcelain|
|Date/Era/Period:||I beleive it was manufactured between 1920 and 1933|
|Description:||EPIAG Czechoslovakian china- pink porcelain: half of a 12 service dinnerware set -including some serving pieces, plus a Tea and Coffe set for 6 (see details on the pictures). The half dinnerware set Includes 5 different sized sets of 6 plates each (soup, salad, dessert, main course, and other? for a total of 30 plates), plus 2 candle holders, 4 serving trays and 1 soup tray. The coffe and tea set includes 12 tea cups with their respective plates plus 6 coffe cups with their plates, plus the teapot, the creamer and the sugarpot. For what I have researched using the mark I think it is from one of the EPIAG founding factories called Springer and Co. and was probably manufactured between 1920 and 1933. I also beleive it is what they call ""Rosa Porzellana" or Pink Porcelain.|
|Condition:||It is in excellent condition. It has been within the family and taken care of: no marks, scratches, scuffs, broken pieces, repairs or chips.|
|Origin:||My grandmother Leonor Valencia Chavez and My Grandfather Simon Valencia imported it from the factory in Europe to Bogota Colombia (South America) -where they lived; I understand this probably happened around the 1st quarter of the 1900's. My grandmother paseed it on to my mother Cecilia Valencia before she died, and my mother passed it on to my sister and I. That is why I have only half of it. My sister has the other half.|
|Provenance:||All I can tell is that my grandmother Leonor Valencia Chavez was one of the very first women that worked in my home country Colombia; She worked in a bank where she met my grandfather Simon Valencia. My Grandfaher was descendant of the famous Colombian poet Guillermo Valencia and relative of the Colombian ex-president Guillermo Leon Valencia. They were politically persecuted during the called "el bogotazo" on april 9th 1948, because of their family affiliation to the conservative party. This is relevant to the Colombian history, I guess not much to the U.S one.|
|Appraised By:||Leslie Haltbakk|
|Appraiser Comments:||I agree that this is made by Springer and Co. and was probably manufactured between 1920 and 1945, and given the family history, probably in the earlier part of this date range.
Your set was made by one of the desirable Epiag companies and is probably called Rosee. I can't find much information on this color, but Epiag is well known and commands respect. I think the pale rose color makes this set special!
OEPIAG & EPIAG - Stara Role, Czechia (Altrohlau, Bohemia, Austria)
This was an association of porcelain factories. It was formed in 1918 by the Vienna (Austrian) government, and named OEPIAG (Österreichische Porzellan Industrie AG - Austrian Porcelain Industry). In 1920, to reflect the creation of the new country, Czechoslovakia, the name was changed to EPIAG (Erste Böhemische Porzellan Industrie AG - First Bohemian Porcelain Industry).
It is important to note that OEPIAG/EPIAG is not a factory. Each factory was maintained as an independent business, but joined together to promote Bohemian porcelain. Most of the member factories (but not all) used a form of the association's name as a Mark. For factory information, see Marks for each individual factory.
1918 founding factories were: Proeschold & Co, Dallwitz (Dalovice, Czechia) Springer & Co, Elbogen (Loket, Czechia) Oscar & Edgar Gutherz, Altrohlau (Stara Role, Czechia) Fischer & Mieg, Pirkenhammer (Brezova, Czechia)
In my opinion, it will be worth your time to find a buyer who really appreciates this set. Because everyone had large dinner sets "in the old days" but nowadays with our casual lifestyles, we don't entertain as much, these sets are not in as much demand as they were in the past which drives resale values downwards.
However, the beautiful color of this set makes it special and there is also a large group of people who collect Epiag/Made in Czechosovakia wares.
There is a wide spread in values because that is actually how the market works. You can sell a set at auction for a fraction of what it would be worth in a fine antique shop in a metropolitan area.
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