Hailing from an era where gourmands imported the coveted sardines from France, (1880's-1940's), the french Limoges Tressemann & Vogt factory created this beautiful 3-piece porcelain mold to serve them in splendid style. Sardines were kept on pantry shelves next to caviars, truffles, and foie gras during these times. Sardines later became a very common and economical food staple for the average person.
An American artist hand painted ethereal delicate sprays of blue flowers and light intermingled splashes of yellow. With a steady and precise hand, the artist gilded the edge of the tray rim and used a decorative gold design along the box lid and tray border. The scalloped section was intended for lemon wedges, and possesses a precise, and extra-lovely decoration!
This sought after matching lidded box and tray are in perfect condition, with no chips, flakes, cracks or restorations. In present day, this item could be a serving piece, or befit any vanity or table top.
reverse of the tray: Mark 7 (1892-1907)underglaze 10.5" X 9" reverse of the box: Mark 7, 6" x 4 x 1.75"
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Item ID: AB-82
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