The production of porcelain at Meissen, near Dresden, started in 1710. The signature logo, the crossed swords, was introduced in 1720 to protect its production from this area. The mark of the crossed swords is one of the oldest trademarks in existence, and one of the most imitated marks.
These four gorgeous small plates are a great example of not only the imitation of the "Meissen" style but also the imitation of the cross swords mark. They were made by a firm named Choisy-le-Roi near Paris, France on the Seine. The firm was opened in 1786 by M. Clément. It used the cross sword mark with an added "E" and "C" from opening through 1866. In 1866, after receiving an official complaint by Meissen, they were forbidden to make further use of the cross swords mark. Knowing that helps in dating these plates.
They certainly did exquisite work on these pieces, all of which have an open worked rim on four of the eight scalloped sections. The remaining four scallops, along with the inside of the plate have different and beautiful hand painted floral designs, surrounded by gold outline. They are approximately 6 inches in diameter and are in very good condition. They certainly qualify as a treasure from history.
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