This is an outstanding early 1900s Limoges, France Coronet Factory Decorated Still-Life Fruits Plate with a Gilded Rim. A vivid still-life painting of a basket containing a realistic yellow pear and a red apple, (or tomato!) with a deep purple plum just in front of the basket covers the interior of the plate on a dark green ground. The foreground is a lighter green. The embossed and scalloped edge is trimmed with a 3/4-inch wide gold band. The letter "J" is just below the basket on the far right.
The Coronet mark was used by the George Borgfeldt decorating company. This company, also located in France, often used a decorating technique called "mixtion," a process combining transfer designs with hand painting. This painting was done by the artist J. Peyrot, and it appears that the gold border was later applied by hand obscuring the artist's last name.
This wonderful plate measures 8-5/8 inches in diameter, with a slight curvature giving it a 1-inch depth.
It is marked under the glaze with a green whiteware mark of a star surrounded by the words "Limoges, France." The open crown Coronet mark used by George Borgfeldt is over the glaze in a lighter green. This mark has the word Limoges arched above the crown and "Coronet, France" below. There is also a small, illegible incised mark. These marks date this plate to between 1906 and the 1920s.
There are minor signs of wear consistent with age, both in the gold, and some small white marks in the design, but the colors are still vivid and bright. The gold also has a bit of a patina. There are no chips in this gorgeous plate.
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