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Set: 10 Antique to Vintage French Dinner Plates, Famed Maker: Bernardaud & Cie, Limoges, "Ventadour"
One of the more sought after of the Belle Epoche French plate decorators, Bernardaud & Cie has produced this grouping of 10 dinner plates (9.75" diameters, typical dinner plate at turn of 20th century, c.1900 - 1915, when these were made). Hand decorated, trimmed in a transfer outlined hand gilded shell motif and a generous gold rim, they're fabulous plates you'll enjoy using. Not just cabinet plates, this set will take you from informal to formal table settings in style. The mark on back was used beginning in 1900 and continued through 1979. Today, Bernardaud & Cie's fine plates cost ini neighborhood of $300 per plate in this size. Their older sets sell even higher, depending on the pattern and age. With 150 years of experience, the collections are thrilling to see.
Very good to excellent condition, none of these 10 plates are damaged at all. No chips, no cracks, no hairlines, and I don't see any utensil scrapes, but surely there must be a few rubs. Exquisite pattern, elegant tableware! The pattern name is Ventadour and you can still get replacements to build a set even though is is not in production anymore. Our price is based on typical replacement pricing.
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NOTE: From the Bernardaud site, history recap: "The story of French porcelain begins in 1768 when a woman from the village of Saint-Yrieix La Perche near Limoges discovers a soft, white clay that she uses to bleach her household linens. Experts would identify this substance as kaolin: the crucial, long sought after ingredient that is responsible for the resiliency, durability and flawless iridescent translucency of fine porcelain. The search for this “secret ingredient” had lasted four centuries since Marco Polo’s discovery of Chinese porcelain. The discovery of kaolin in France marked the birth of industrial and cultural significance of Limoges porcelain."
"Against this historical backdrop two enterprising industrialists, noticing an increase in consumer use of porcelain dinner services, open a factory in Limoges in 1863. The construction of railroad lines in the area offered means of distribution of their product to more markets. A workshop apprentice named Léonard Bernardaud distinguished himself among the workers. Twenty years later, he would be promoted to head of sales and later named partner."
" Léonard Bernardaud acquired the company in 1900 and gave it his name. He increased production capacity of the factory and opened up new markets, notably in the United States. Leonard was succeeded by his sons, Jacques and Michel Bernardaud. The brothers would assure the viability of the company during the turbulence of the Great Depression and World War II through collaborations with artists to expand the company's range of collections. In 1949, they boldly introduced the first gas-fueled tunnel kiln in France that operated 24 hours a day. This “green initiative” ensured constant firing temperatures that yielded sturdier pieces in greater quantity with fewer defects. As a result, industrial scale production was achieved without compromise to the high standards of craftsmanship based on artisan techniques for which the company is known."
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Susan Dean, San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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