This is a very old translucent porcelain three piece butter dish made and decorated by the Haviland Pottery of Limoges, France. All three pieces, the butter dish, domed lid, and pierced ice liner, are adorned with delicate pink apple blossoms on wispy stems. Each cluster of blossoms is enhanced with a pale gray shadow of itself, giving depth to the surfaces. The scalloped edges and sculpted handles of the butter dish are edged with gold enamel. The domed lid boasts a ring handle sculpted into a ribbon, also touched with gold enamel. The round ice guard is pierced, allowing melted ice to flow into the hollow of the dish; it stands on a slightly elevated foot. All three pieces are beautifully designed.
Measurements: Butter dish, 7 ½” handle to handle; 7” side to side. Ice liner, 4 ½” diameter; foot about ¼” high. Domed lid, just over 3” to top of finial x 5 ½” in diameter. With lid on, dish is 4 ½” high.
Marks: H & Co./L/France in green (used 1888-1896) and decorating mark, Haviland and Co. arching over Limoges in red. Both marks are on underside of butter dish; red decorating mark is repeated inside lid (Ref: Gaston, Limoges, p. 178, mark #11, green; mark #13, red).
Condition: Excellent with no chips, scratches, crazing or cracks and no paint loss.
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