Psyche (pronounce: SY-kee) is a mortal woman in Greek mythology. She was the wife of Eros and the mother of Hedone. She is always pictured with butterfly wings.
The motif of this fantastic hand painted charger, circa 1900, is that of "Psyche" kneeling on a grassy ledge overlooking a small lake or stream with trees and pastel shaded hills in the background. Partially nude, with wings showing and her body draped in white from her waist down, she leans slightly forward to view her beautiful reflection in the water below. The scene is framed by scrolls of heavy gold enamel. The outer border of the up-turned edge of the charger blank is embossed with a unique scroll and ruffled ribbon design, which with the edge, is decorated with gold enamel. The item is not signed by the talented artist and was executed in a small home-studio environment. The central motif has been found on examples of early Haviland china.
The china blank carries the JPL backstamp and measures 11 3/4" across. The Pouyat family was one of the oldest French families connected with the Limoges porcelain industry. Jean Pouyat's grandfather has a faience factory in the 1760's. The mark in green "Pat'd 15th Mch '92 - JPL - France". There are no cracks, chips or repairs; several nicks in heavy gold scrolls surrounding the central motif. One-of-a-kind charger plate.
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