An antique vegetable tureen made in Limoges, France. It is beautifully decorated with violets, inside and out. On the bottom there is, what is known as, a Mark C-8. This is the circle painted in red underglaze. Inside there is another circle, and between the two is the writing: "CH Field Havilland Limoges". Any piece made with this mark was made in Limoges, France in 1862. However, below this mark there is a Mark C-5 which reads GDA France with the initials above the country and an horizontal line between them. This was the mark of Gerard, Dufraisseix and Abbott. Charles Field Havilland retired in 1881 and the company became Gerard, Dufraisseix and Morel, GDM. The partners changed around 1890 and it is then that the company became ...and Abbott, GDA. This mark dates the tureen at around 1900, with the pattern dating prior to 1881...or it was old stock acquired by GDA during the sale and the GDA mark added later - I don't know.
On the rim of the lid there is a minute chip and in the rim of the bowl there are three small chips. These are shown in all the pictures. On the other side there are no marks. I have not shown the perfect side. These small abrasions are barely noticeable when the lid is on. Since this is over 100 years old it is in wonderful condition. It measures nine and a half inches long by seven inches wide and stands two and three quarter inches high. The measurements do not include the handles or the height with the lid on.
I am listing a companion piece in the next couple of days - a soup, or stew, tureen.
Thank you for looking.