Our first two pictures below show a beautiful place setting that features four berry/side bowls from a custom-ordered set produced and imported by Charles Ahrenfeldt, and retailed by Higgins and Seiter of New York. The bowls, which are 5" in diameter at the outer rim, have a pure white background, and feature a one-half inch wide etched gold design around the rim. We know that the bowls were part of a custom order because of the gold ring on the underside of the bowl (see our last photograph).
The manufacturer of these bowls enjoyed a reputation as a maker of fine quality porcelain: Charles Ahrenfeldt (pater) began importing porcelain into New York City in the 1830s. He opened a decorating studio in Paris in the 1840s and then, sometime between 1859 and 1869, he opened an exporting firm in Limoges, and later opened a decorating studio there as well. Ahrenfeldt subsequently opened a porcelain factory in Limoges, which was taken over by his son, Charles J. Ahrenfeldt, in 1894. M. Grob, Ahrenfeldt fil’s Zurich agent took over management of the Limoges factory in 1917. The Ahrenfeldt’s Limoges factory made porcelain of exceptionally high quality, winning the Grand Prix at the Art Deco Exposition in 1925. The porcelain factory was operated by Grob, and then after Grob's death by his wife until 1958 when it was purchased by a finance group. The factory closed permanently in 1969.
Because we know the history of the retailer, we know that these lovely bowls were probably made prior to 1915. Higgins and Seiter, the retailers of these bowls, was one of the best and oldest china houses in New York City. Located at 9 East 37th Street, the eminent retailer filed for bankruptcy in 1915 and ceased operations that same year after over 50 years in business.
These bowls are in very good condition, with no chips or cracks, and with only very light wear to the gilding. Given that these lovely bowls are going on 100 years of age, we think that their condition is exceptional! As you can see from our photographs, these bowls mix beautifully with other vintage and antique dinnerware items. We know that you will be well pleased with these lovely bowls!
Please note that the price listed is for the four Ahrenfeldt Limoges gold and white berry / side bowls only.