This outstanding fruits still-life antique wall charger plate by Coronet Limoges France is signed by the artist, Barbet. A vivid, factory decorated, still-life of fruit including a green-shading-to-red pear, a red apple, and two more ripe apples in shades ranging from yellow to russet cover the interior of the plate on a dark green ground. The artist has captured the essence of the fruit creating a mouth-watering illusion of delectability. The foreground is a lighter green skillfully showing the play of light over the scene. The 1/2-inch embossed, scrolling and scalloped rococo edge is layered with gold. The plate is signed by the artist, “Barbet” on the lower right.
It is stamped with the open crown Coronet mark over the glaze in a light green. This mark has the word Limoges arched above the crown and "Coronet, France" below. The Coronet mark was used by the George Borgfeldt decorating company from 1906 into the 1920s. This company often used a decorating technique called "mixtion," a process combining transfers with hand painting.
This exquisite plate measures 10-3/8 inches in diameter.
Any flaws are truly minimal. There are a couple of tiny glaze pops in the leaves, and a few barely noticeable surface scratches. There is wear on the gold consistent with age. There are no chips.
The plate is drilled and wired for hanging. A similar plate by the same artist is shown in The Collector's Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain by Mary Gaston on page 87.
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