Because of its age and loveliness, we’re offering this rare old set of Limoges, Coiffe Porcelain with Flambeau Decoration signed by listed porcelain artist Duca (Gaston plate 283, p126) even though it is damaged. The relish tray has a spider web crack that goes through to the front; one of the small bowls has a hairline, two of the three bowls have tiny chips to their deeply scalloped rims, and one has two small chips on underside of rim.
Have they lost it? we hear you ask. On the contrary, we think it’s a sensible decision to seek out a lover of Limoges hand painted porcelain who will make a home for this gorgeous set with its life-like carnations and rich, warm colors. All four pieces have broad sculpted borders stippled with gold enamel and the set can successfully be displayed on a shelf to give years of pleasure.
So, without further apology, here is their provenance and our wish that you will be tempted by the very low price and make a home for these beautiful orphans of the storm.
Each piece is marked on the underside with over glaze torch mark of decorator Flambeau in green, with Flambeau/Limoges/France on banner. Hand Painted in script appears below torch. Mark was used 1890-1900 (Gaston p. 120, Mark 4). Also over the glaze in green is the seven-pointed Coiffe Porcelain star with Limoges above and France below. Inside of star shows letters spelling Limoges (Gaston p.90, Mark3). Listed artist, Duca, as above.
The tray has several small pieces of soft felt applied to the underside.
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