Highly Unusual, Rare Limoges Framed Charger; GRISAILLE; Monochrome; Parlor Painting; Figural; Hand Painting
This is a very unusual art technique to find on old Limoges porcelain. This Charger is entirely handpainted with meticulous attention to detail in a Grisaille method which is a form of painting entirely in monochrome in shades of grey. The artist has painted a Parlor scene from what looks to be around the era of the early 1700's. It shows a gentleman leaning over a lady in conversation. The gentleman's outfit looks to be of silk fabric with a tri-corner hat; pantaloons, buckled shoes, ruffled shirt & neckcloth. He is also wearing a powdered wig. The lady's dress looks to be a chiffon ruffle affair with perhaps a heavy brocade overcoat. She is wearing a cap and lacy neckcloth. The detail in this painting is incredible. YOu can see the curving of the furniture, the detail in the wood. The chair is cloth covered. YOu can see paintings on the wall, heavy wall paper, windows looking out to ivy coming down the wall with a church in the background. The floor is a checker board design with high gloss on the finish. Looking at the Charger up close, you keep seeing this wonderful detail and painstaking painting to present a superb picture of History. It is framed in a very ornate looking, fold painted wooden frame made in a studio in Oklahoma.
The Charger measures almost 12 1/2" in diameter. Framed, it measures 15 1/4" in diameter.
It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or hairlines. Looking closely, you can see one shallow flick out of the painting on the man's sleeve. The effect is so unusual and very intriguing.
It is marked with Haviland mark 9, 1876-1889.