DESCRIPTION: This elegant dresser tray resembles Guerin or Haviland Limoges pieces of the late 1800s but is unmarked, with the exception of an impressed mark (we are researching). This outstanding porcelain piece is intricately handpainted on a fancy blank (white ware) that defines antique perfection.
On white hard paste porcelain, clusters of lilac florals are placed in the transferware method of decoration, overglaze. This type of decoration indicated an early-decorative technique that was used for decorative ware vs. dinnerware. The tray is quatrefoil in shape with upturned rococo edges that are enhanced with brushed gold. This elegant effect leads the eye to molding of the tray features scrolling and a fancy border. This is a very lovely piece of French porcelain.
WHY I LIKE IT: Accessorizing a moderne home with dresser trays provides character to any room. Whether used to hold a crystal vase or sugar & creamer (as shown in photos), displayed on a table or in a curio, or used in the bathroom to hold soaps, guest towels or fragrance, the dresser tray is one of my favorite 'moderne' antiques!
CIRCA: late 1800s
BackStamp(s): None. Impressed mark.
Artists Signature: none
DIMENSIONS: 12” x 8”
CONDITION: Excellent to Very Good. No chips, cracks, crazing or repairs. Manufacturing dust bumps are noted; no scratches or loss of transferware. Fabulous!
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