This magnificent antique French Limoges Hand Painted and Artist Signed Peony plate was made by Flambeau China, LDBC, Circa 1900. The plate is lavishly painted in shades of green ranging from the pastel ground to the dusty green of several of the leaves to the deep forest shades of others. A large, lifelike, pale pink peony with a golden yellow center dominates the design, with the deep plum of another blossom peeking out from beneath, and another deep pink bud about to burst into bloom to the side. The distinctive rococo style border is trimmed with a 1/8-inch edging of gold. The back of the plate is drilled with a single hole for hanging, often done in the manufacture for use as a wall plaque, a prevalent form of decoration at the time.
This unique and lifelike display of peonies is signed by the artist. The signature is nearly illegible, and looks as though the first initial is "M" with the surname of about seven letters beginning with "L" and possibly ending in "Y."
The Flambeau China Company of Limoges, France, was in operation from the 1890s to 1914. This stunning plate bears the whiteware mark in dark green underglaze of the Flambeau China Torch that states "Limoges France." The similar and more elaborate lighter green overglaze factory decorator mark is also present. The torch bears the initials "LDBC" and a banner with the word "Flambeau." "Limoges" arcs over the top of the torch, with "France, Hand Painted" at the bottom.
This beautiful plate measures 9-3/4 inches in diameter.
There is minor wear on the gold consistent with age and several tiny glaze pops, though only one of these shows any loss of color, to the right of the large blossom in the photos.