Chryso Healey Ceramics Gold Demitasse Cup & Saucer #1526 Set of 7 KPM Blank. Antique Chryso Ceramics Allover Gold Art Nouveau Demitasse Cup & Saucer, Set of Seven (14 pieces total) on KPM Berlin Blank, Pattern #1526.Saucers measure 4 1/2" in diameter and sit 1/2" off of the table. Demitasse Cups measure 2 3/4" x 2". All Seven Cup & Saucer Sets are in Excellent Condition with no chips, cracks, or fleabites. They are marked as pictured with the Chryso Ceramics mark. Under the Chryso Ceramics overglaze mark is the mark of the Blank, a Blue KPM Berlin mark. Any white spots are glare. In the early 1890s science teacher Emily Healey was working in her laboratory in Washington D. When she accidentally dropped a certain uranium salt into some heavy oil.
When she fired this compound onto a scrap of china, the effect was a brilliantly colored surface. Many experiments with the uranium followed and Emily determined that a unique and predictable colored effect could be achieved when this uranium was mixed with gold and when fixed on porcelain, a beautiful luster surface materialized. This chryso or gold technique, a revival of an ancient Chinese enameling process, was the stimulus for the founding of Chryso-Ceramics, Emily, and her sister Marys thriving ceramics decoration business at the turn of the twentieth century. While gold accents had long been used to accentuate shape and decoration in ceramics, Emily and Mary innovated by covering porcelain forms entirely in gold, therefore, producing an overall metallic appearance.
The Healeys did not make the base ceramics themselves; their handiwork only resided in the gold decoration. In an 1894 article on these Chryso-Ceramics, one arts journalist remarked that the products of all the most famous potteries are sought and utilized, becoming in their new dress a something quite novel. The Cooper Hewitts group of these tablewares evinces the sisters use of disparate ceramics; this group contains shapes ranging from a classical urn to plates with art nouveau flourishes. Their gold surface affords them stylistic unity. In 1893 the Healey sisters exhibited these chryso-ceramics to great acclaim in three exhibits at the Worlds Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the most dramatic of which was an all-white pavilion in the Manufactures Building. The luxurious finish belied the wares practicality. The Worlds Columbian Exposition catalog noted that The gold used in this china decoration is warranted pure, very durable, retains its luster and quality, and is easily cleaned.
Chadwick, Chryso-Ceramics, Art Interchange, April 1894, 109. Handy, Worlds Columbian Exposition, 1893 Official Catalogue Chicago: W. This information on Chryso Ceramics was found in a Blog by. Emily Orr, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary American Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
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