A stunning set of 12 antique French Limoges porcelain plates. Each plate features superb painted vignettes of various game birds in male & female pairs displayed in natural settings, including ducks, pheasants, and quail. Surrounded by raised gold enamel flowers and foliage on a charming green ground. Most of the scenes are signed in red Firnozin/Fimozin?. The set is marked in underglaze green Limoges France. Also marked in red for Ovington Brothers Co. of New York. In overall good antique condition with no chips or cracks, some wear/rubbing to the raised gold enameling. Measuring approximately 9 7/8" in diameter.
A bit of history on the Ovington Bros: These plates were made expressly for the Ovington Brothers retail store in New York City. Only the best were commissioned and imported for Ovingtons: importers and dealers of high quality luxury European glassware and porcelains. Ovingtons was a direct retail competitor to Tiffany & Company back in the day. The company began with brothers Theodore and Edward S. Ovington in 1845 and the company operated two department stores, one at Fifth Avenue in New York City and one in Brooklyn (which was a massive six-story brick building filled top to bottom with quality imports from Europe!) You can Google 'Ovington Brothers' in Brooklyn and find a reference article about the company with a nice engraving of the department store (it was huge!) Edward J. Jr and Charles K. Ovington joined the company in 1878, where it still operated under the same name and continued after Theodore and Edward S. Ovington died in 1909 (just two months apart from each other). The name of the company shortened to just Ovingtons, omitting Brothers from their marks in the 1920s. Items marked Ovington Bros. predate the 1920s. The company demanded only the best of the best for their stores, and items marked for the Ovington Brothers are an indicator of the highest quality that was available at the time.
12 Antique French Limoges Porcelain Game Bird Plates, Ovington Brothers, Green & Raised Gold Enamel Encrusted