The Bawo & Dotter Company was established in New York, New York in the mid 1860s to import and decorate fine porcelain, primarily from Limoges France, to North America.
The Elite Works was opened in Limoges in 1896 to both manufacture and also to decorate porcelain made by other factories. Their production included some of the most exquisite hand painted china, decorative pieces and jewelry /trinket boxes produced in this time period. The majority of the patterns were, but not limited to floral designs. The company used several identifying marks; several included St. Martial from the seal of the City of Limoges.
Production was interrupted during the devastation incurred during World War One. Post- War, they were purchased by the Wm. Geurin Company, and continued to use the Elite marks until the company known now as Guerin, Pouyat- Elite closed on 1932.
This wonderful oval platter and covered vegetable bowl, circa 1900-1914, is plain white with gold enhanced borders, handles and finial. The platter measures 13 1/2" in length and 10 3/4" in width; the vegetable bowl measures 4" in height, 8" across and 10" from handle-to-handle. Both pieces are stamped with the green "Limoges France" and with the red Bawo & Dotter decorating house mark. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; some gold wear.
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