An antique soup tureen made in Limoges, France. It is beautifully decorated inside and out with violets. On the bottom there is a Mark C-8. There are two circles painted in red underglaze. Between the two are the words CH FIELD HAVILLAND LIMOGES. Any piece made with this mark was made in France in 1862. However, below this is a Mark C-5 which reads GDA FRANCE. When Charles Field retired in 1881 the company became Gerard, Dufraisseix and Morel, later, in 1890, becoming Gerard, Dufraisseix and Abbott, GDA. This mark dates the piece at around 1900 with pattern predating 1881...or it was made in 1862 and GDA inherited the stock when they took over the firm and added their mark - I just don't know.
There is a microscopic chip on the lid which you can't even see on picture number two. It is in wonderful condition considering that it is over 100 years old. It is eight inches in diameter, excluding the handles, and stands two and a half inches high. These measurements are for the bowl only, not including the lid.
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