Porcelain Coffee Cup Holder (Zarf) with Floral Motifs

Ceramic/Porcelain, overpainted gold, green, and pink | 19th century

Artist Unknown

Zarf were used for functional purposes - they both provided
a "handle" for the usually handle-less porcelain coffee cups,
and protected the fingers from being burned by the hot cup -
as well as aesthetic reasons. They are often elaborately
decorated ...
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