Haviland Limoges Cobalt Blue Charger or Cake Plate with Gilt Decoration

This gorgeous charger or cake plate is rimmed in true cobalt and decorated in heavily encrusted gilt. Though it is not signed, it exemplifies the work of a true artist. The handles are decorated with long stalks of wheat (or possibly corn husks) while the entire plate is encircled in a garland of roses. Note the strategically placed double golden banding which lends a three-dimensional appearance at those points.

The plate measures 11 3/4 x 11 1/4". The underglaze green `Haviland France' mark is ca. 1894-1931. The red `Haviland & Co Limoges' mark is ca. 1876-1930. To the naked eye, the plate appears to be in mint condition. There is no loss of gold whatsoever. However, there is a spot on the back that could have been a repair. From the front if you look very closely under very bright light, you can make out a extremely faint line about an inch long (please see the two closeup photos of the edge - front and back). I guarantee, that if you like what you see in the photos, you will love this beautiful plate.

I was told by the seller that the plate was quite rare and came from 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, though I have not been able to verify this. I did some research and found that the fair did have a Kansas display which featured wheat and other grains grown in that state. The Kansas Pavilion was located in the Agricultural Palace and among its decorations were garlands corn husks, eagles and cherubs.

Item ID: 11161

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