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In my opinion, this fancy Rococo mold is the most beautiful of all of the Limoges chargers. This example is yet another uniquely beautiful piece. The high points of the heavily embossed Rococo border are finished in rich Roman gold set against a recessed ground of soft shades of green. Sponged gold over the ground completes the dramatic display. The effect is simply stunning! The tab handles are decorated with gorgeous Roman gold medallions and raised gold paste flowers. The medallions have a couple of small flakes to the gold as photographed. Against a background of graduated shades of cream and shadowy foliage, the artist has executed an eye catching composition of a courtship scene in the forest. The faces of the figures are skillfully painted and the overall display is simply enchanting!
This charger/plaque measures 15 ½ inches across the handles, 12 inches from top to bottom, and 1 1/2 inches deep. The Granger underglaze factory mark 2 in green dates the piece from 1922-38. A Straus, Lewis & Sons overglaze exporting mark in blue used from the 1890s to the mid 1920s also appears on this piece. The Straus, Lewis Company exported porcelain from Austria and Limoges to their New York based company and this mark is found as an overglaze mark on factory decorated items. Pieces with the Straus marks are always professionally decorated. There are no chips, cracks, crazing or damage of any kind to this remarkable charger/plaque. There is only the minor wear to the gold as previously mentioned. The back has been pierced for hanging. Please enlarge the photographs to examine the minimal wear to the gold from age and use. This is a rare and unique blank that is not often available for purchase.
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Exquisite Large Limoges Rococo Charger/Plaque with Ornate Border Featuring Raised Gold Embellishments and Handles with Gold Medallions and Raised Gold Paste Flowers; With a Central Cartouche of a Courtship Scene in a Forest; Artist Signed “HENRY”
$550 USD SOLD
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