The realistic and lovely hand painted Ferns on this T&V Limoges plate were crafted by the renowned French Artist and Signed "Luc." A design of hand painted ferns in soft greens, golden browns, and muted grays spill over the wide rim of the plate. Likely done using the mixtion method of blending transfer with hand painting, each leaf is painted in meticulous life-like detail. The soft colors are backed by a pale yellow ground around the 1-3/4 inch rim, and the center of the plate has been left white. The plate center is defined by a double ring of gold, and the outer rim is also lavishly trimmed in gold. The artist’s signature, Luc, peeks out in red beneath the central leaf of the largest fern.
According to Mary Gaston's Collectors' Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain Third Edition, Luc was a prominent Limoges artist whose signature is found on the beautiful works of several of the Limoges companies of the era.
Made by Tressemann and Vogt, Limoges, France, it is stamped with Gaston's Mark 7 - the underglaze green T&V inside a rectangle with the words Limoges France that was used until about 1907, and with Mark 16 - the overglaze purple T.V. Limoges Bell, indicating factory decoration and used circa 1907-1919.
This artist signed plate measures 8-1/2 inches in diameter.
There is minor wear on the gold, but very few surface scratches. There are no chips or cracks and the design is still beautiful.
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