This rare lot of 11 dinner plates and 1 platter features hand-painted scenes of a wild bird amidst grass & flowers against an antique white & salmon/peach color. Hand-painted gold high-lights the scalloped edges. There are 5 pairs of dinner plates, with the same/similar bird (male vs. female) & 1 straggler, plus the platter.
Date: we believe this is from the late 19th century.
All are marked on back: (a) "France" &/or "Limoges" in green ink & (b) a red, circular stamp with "Limoges France" on exterior of circle & "AK" above a line & "CD" below that line.
The dinner plates are approximately 8-3/4" diameter. Their edges are slightly raised. The platter is about 15-3/4" long x 10-3/8" wide x 1-3/4" tall.
Fine condition Platter--wobbles a little, when coaxed; the Straggler is Very Good (missing at least 33% of its gold trim & has a couple of misplaced paint spots, as made); 1 of each of 3 pairs has a chip in its rim, the others being Fine; 1 of 1 pair has 2 chips in its rim, the mate being Fine; the 5th pair (looks like a sandpiper—brown, with long, slender beak; sitting) is Fine. (Note: when taking pictures of the pairs, we placed the chipped plates on the right.)
We say this is a rare set as most are usually split up with the plates selling individually making more money. I just can't bring myself to break up a group that have been together for so many years. The minor amount of bruises on this set do not affect the overall beauty of the display. Don't miss your chance to buy this many matching pieces of a very desirable set.