This is a French Limoges game bird set consisting of one large platter and seven plates. The date is circa 1900 to 1920.
Each piece is hand painted and signed with a unique signature of the artist, and the signature is not part of a transfer. The artist's signature appears to be E. Polltolls.
The blank has an irregular scalloped edge. The rim has a green border with a gold overlay pattern. Below the green border there are raised designs in the porcelain, and trimmed in gold.
The hand paintings of the game birds extend to the green borders. The signature is either on the lower left or the lower right, and I show each dish with the accompanying artist signature. Typically in the sets, as the set may start out with 12 plates or 24 plates, the artist repeats the drawing either two times or four times, depending upon the size of the set. This set has four different bird scenes on the plates, three of which are repeated. However, if you look closely, you will see how the paintings are unique, not transfers, because they are not identical to the smallest details.
The platter is 19 3/8" long, 14" wide and 1 7/8"high. There is some slight wear to the gold at the end where hands held the platter. Each plate is 9 1/4" in diameter.
There are no chips, cracks or crazing.
The green underglaze maker's mark is AD with France above and Limoges Depose below.
The green store mark is Raphael Weill & Co San Francisco inside a circle with Limoges France below. This store was an institution in San Francisco, created and owned by male partners born in France; they built a business to import in the finest wares from France, including Limoges porcelain.
Item ID: RL-378
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