The Bawo & Dotter Company was established in New York, NY 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. 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 beautiful hand painted cabinet game plate portrays a multi-colored pheasant against a California background of golden grain, olive green trees, lavender to pink mountains and a sky of fluffy blue clouds. Several other pheasants can be faintly seen on the horizon. The slightly scalloped edge is decorated with a band of gold. It is artist signed 'Caimo',
The plate measures 8 1/2" across. It is stamped in green 'Elite L France" for the Bawo & Dotter factory; in red with their decorating studio mark 'St Martial from the Seal of the City of Limoges', and 'Hand Painted', circa 1900-1914. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. .