I have admired Lomonosov Imperial Porcelain in the Cobalt Net pattern for a very long time, but it's quite pricey. When I was in my favorite antique store [LaBelle's] recently, I spotted a Cobalt Net teacup, and couldn't believe the price tag of only $12.00. I carefully examined the cup for chips or cracks, and couldn't find a single defect, so it came home with me!
A bit of research revealed the Lomonosov Imperial Porcelain Factory, opened by Empress Elizabeth, daughter of Peter the Great, is one of the oldest porcelain manufacturers in Europe. It opened in 1744 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Similar to the House of Faberge, it was an exclusive supplier of the Imperial Romanov family and their closest relatives for nearly two centuries.
The Cobalt Net pattern is one of the most famous, and is still predominantly made by hand and decorated with 22 Karat gold.
This cup holds 8 oz. as compared to a standard teacup that holds 6 oz. Is it a coffee cup?
It is decorated on the inside rim of the cup, as well as at the base.
The handle is decorated too.
Now if only I could find a reasonably priced teapot to go with it! I was recently gifted with a new white porcelain teapot, however. My daughter went to a tea-themed baby shower and the baby's grandma [who hosted the shower] sent two teapots home with my daughter - one for her and one for me. What a nice surprise! It's made in China, and is dishwasher and microwave safe, but it doesn't have a manufacturer's backstamp. It's very pretty, and I am happy to give it a home.