Here is a gorgeous vintage Limoges porcelain miniature serving tray.
The name "Limoges" has been synonymous with high-quality, highly-collectible porcelain for over 200 years.
"Limoges" is used to refer to the hard-paste porcelain that is manufactured in or around the city of Limoges, France, but does not necessarily refer to a particular maker.
The tray is a wonderful size and boasts the most bewitching shade of vibrant cerulean blue. The edges and tiny handles are accented with sparkling metallic gold.
At the center of the tray is romantic figural scene by famous Rococo artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard.
During the mid 1700's, when King Louis XV's court was more licentious and pleasure-loving than ever, Fragonard would gain renown by capturing the era's rampant hedonism with his numerous "Lovers" scenes.
The bottom of the scene features a printed artist's signature reading "Fragonard".
The central scene is surrounded by a frame of golden florals, while tiny golden sprigs adorn each side.
The style, often called "transferware" was developed in the min-18th-century in England and involved imprinting decals or "transfers" on porcelain in lieu of hand-painting.
A number or printed maker's mark can be seen on the underside of the tray. A stamped style number reads "11" while "Decora Limoges France" can be seen in painted gold.
"Limoges France" is printed again in smaller, green letters underneath. Decora Ceramics did most of their porcelain production in the 1950's.
There are two small spots on the underside of the piece and a few teeny spots on the blue glaze, but it remains in otherwise outstanding vintage condition.
Measurements: 4 ½" long, 3" wide at center, Handles are ¾" wide, ¼" tall Weight: 53.8 grams (1.9 oz)
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