This is about the most beautiful vanity set I can imagine! Made of fine porcelain, it includes a rectangular tray with a pair of boxes--one round, one oblong--all glazed a wonderful pale blue with white, black and terrific gold accents. This really makes me want to have a proper vanity, and indeed I'd love to build a whole dressing room around it...just so elegant and lovely!
Based on its marks (there are actually three different marks on the set), I know that this set dates between 1914-1918. I am not certain why the three different marks, i.e. whether the various pieces were originally made by different manufacturers to be assembled following export to the U.S, or whether this particular set consists of mixed (though obviously matching) pieces. One of them--GDA--based in Limoges, France, stands for E. Gerard et Dufraiuseix (the GD) and Abbott (A), who was the importer and distributor for these wares in NYC. Z.S & C Bavaria stands for Porzellanfabrik Zeh, Scherzer & Co. A.G., based in Rehau, Germany, which also focused on producing wares for export to the U.S.
The set is in excellent condition, without a chip or crack in sight. The tray measures 9 7/8" x 7" x9/16". The round box measures 4" in diameter x 3" tall. The oblong box measures 4 1/4" long x 2 1/4" wide x 1 1/2" tall.