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 powder/trinket box is decorated with pastel blue and pink forget-me-not blossoms nestled among shaded green and tan foliage against a background of soft creamy yellow. The edges and base is adorned with gold.
The powder/trinket box measures 3 3/4" across and 2" in height. It is stamped in red with their decorating studio mark 'St Martial from the Seal of the City of Limoges", circa 1900-1914. Signed with the artist's name or initials "LAS". There are no cracks, chips or repairs.