This is an exquisite 1900 c. Limoges Elite 12"" serving platter decorated with bunches of multihued violets and foliage. The raised, scrolled and molded edge has a generous gold rim. The shaped edge is easily held, making the platter easy to lift from a flat surface. The hand painted flowers are exquisite. The top of the platter is a glossy porcelain; the underside of the platter has a flat finish.
The dish is marked with the green ELITE L France underglaze and also the Bawo & Dotter red ELITE shield with St Martial, Limoges in script, FRANCE. Bawo & Dotter was established in New York City in the 1860s to import porcelain, especially from Limoges, into the USA. In the early 1870s they established The Elite Works in Limoges to decorate porcelain made by other factories. Their production included table china, decorative pieces and trinket boxes. Some of their marks incorporated St. Martial from the seal of the City of Limoges. These 2 marks date the piece 1896-1900.
The platter measures 12"" long x 8 1/2"" wide. The edge is raised 3/4"".
This antique item is in excellent condition with no chips, no cracks or repairs. The mark of it's age is the rubbing of the gold around the wide edge. The pictures show the rubbing, but do not do justice to the beauty of this antique piece.
Lovely...Charming...Elegant. This Limoges serving platter would be appreciated by any collector and would be an elegant addition to any setting.
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