An exceptional Gien piece, it has the much-loved deep "fond bleue" background with absolutely exquisite "Renaissance" design work. It dates from 1900-1910.
At the center, a golden crown of a Marquis sits atop a cartouche filled by a winged cherub. To the left and right of the cartouche are winged sirens (Greek mythological figures). They each hold a breastplate with a wide, flowing ribbon. At the top and bottom of the cartouche a male figure stretches his arms out to meet a flowing design of arabesques and leaves.
A band of gold leaves adorns the plate edging. The plate bears the factory mark on the back, and is made with hanging holes, threaded with wire, for placement on the wall.
This pottery piece is truly a work of art, with each design completely hand painted. The colors are rich and brilliant, and the design work is detailed and enthusiastic.
It measures: 10" in diameter. From the table top to the plate top the measurement is 1". It is in very good condition, with no visible chips or cracks. There is some crackling to the exterior glazing, as is normal with age.