From mid 19th century until the 1920's, several French companies exported undecorated Limoges porcelain "blanks" to the United States, where they were hand painted by ceramic artists employed for this purpose. China painting was all the rage, and talented young women who were prohibited from working outside the home could indulge their passion and talents by painting porcelain at home. Wealthy women could travel to France to be trained in the art of porcelain painting at one of the French factories.
This lovely porcelain plate is signed on the reverse under glaze in gold "G A Hendershot". Whether this plate was hand painted for her own use or for return to the factory to be sold in a fine department store, we do not know, but it speaks to a cottage industry that flourished during the Victorian era and is a wonderful example of hand decorated china. The shaded lavender to green background and the addition of sprays of spring flowers in white and pink/lavender are very pretty. The gold decorated handles complete the elegant look.
The plate measures 9 3/4" from handle to handle and is in very good condition. There are no chips or cracks or crazing, and slight wear to the gilding on the handles and edge trim. A lovely antique piece to place in your cabinet, hang on a wall, or serve candies, cakes, or other delights.