Pretty Pink and White Porcelain Oyster Pate

This example is another fantasy oyster plate created for the decorator market. In muted pink and white colors with gold accents and little roses in each of 6 wells, it somewhat resembles Item ID: 2007RP000137 here in this shop, which has a spurious French Limoges mark. But the plate in this listing is unmarked. It would have originally been imported with only a paper label identifying country of manufacture. Once its paper label is removed these kinds of fakes often end up being sold to unsuspecting buyers on the secondary market as if old 'estate' collectibles.

The picture of the back of the plate was taken in such a way as to make it difficult to see there are two holes in its foot rim. Holes that were added at manufacture so the plate could eventually be hung on the wall as a decoration. This feature is the biggest and most useful immediate clue the piece is not an authentic 'oyster plate.' Antique or vintage oyster plates were never originally made to be decorations. Prior to modern times, oyster plates were only ever meant to be used at the table, for serving oysters.

Since there is frequently some question as to whether or not items imported strictly for decorative purposes have glazes that are entirely lead-free, it might be a good idea to never actually employ this 'oyster plate' at the table, for food service. Hanging it on the wall for decoration should be its only use.

Measures 9 1/4 inches across.

Item ID: 2007RP000305

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