This example is another fantasy porcelain inkwell. It is stamped on the bottom with the spurious gold colored Fleur de Lis over "Limoges China" mark. This is not an authentic Limoges, France back-stamp. No French Limoges company ever used this mark in the past. The mark does help the item meet requirements for imported goods in that it contains the name of the actual country of its manufacture - it was made in China, as stated: "Limoges - China."
There are characteristics about fake Limoges marked items that help identify them as counterfeits. Always expect true Limoges porcelain to be finely made. This means the body of an article will be thinly potted and translucent. All decoration should be expertly applied and uniform. Although the design of this set may suggest quality to the hasty glance, look closer and it becomes apparent the porcelain body is heavy, not finely made, the decorations are rather ho-hum and are curiously familiar (they appear on other fake/fantasy items from the same maker) and the gold was very sloppily painted.
The gold trim on this item is also much too bright for the age suggested by the purpose of its form. It has been a very, very long time since ink pots or pen trays were common accoutrements of the well appointed desktop. None of the patina or wear produced by such age can be seen here. Even old items allowed to age gracefully show some signs of their passage through time, this is a characteristic that endears them to us. This desk set looks so very new because it is a modern fake.
The wells measure 2 1/2 by 1 3/4 inches and the tray is 7 1/2 long by 5 1/2 inches wide.
Item ID: 2007RP000334
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