This lovely serving plate has an attached pedestal bowl in the center. This lovely server was probably designed to serve finger foods, hors d'oeuvres or fruits which required a sauce or dip to enhance the flavor. This would be especially ideal for buffets. I could also see it being used for serving cookies, petit fours or candies with gourmet nuts filling the bowl, or using the pedestal bowl to hold a cheese ball with crackers on the tray. Quite a versatile piece, isn't it?
The design is of hand-painted pansies, each edged in gold, as well as the leaves. The entire piece is highlighted with intricate gold trim and a diaper repetitive pattern around both rims. Gold beading or dots were carefully placed along the gold trim to reflect light and give the piece a richness common with these hand-painted servers. Very nicely accomplished.
In the center of the bowl is a lovely crest or symbol which provides the finishing touch to this elegant serving piece. Note the quality of the gold and hand-painting of the flowers.
The lower plate measures 8 1/2" and the bowl above the pedestal is 4 3/4" wide. This piece is free of chips, cracks or crazing and the gold is wonderful. I have provided many photos of this piece, which I hope will show the detail.
The base has the green Hand Painted Nippon, M in a wreath, which signifies this piece was imported by the Morimura Bros. This mark has been used since 1911, but I would place this server around the 1920s.
Item ID: 01-1679
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