This is a French Limoges sauce boat tureen with a lid on an attached stand. The maker and decorator is Jean Pouyat. The marks together indicated that the date of manufacture is circa 1891.
The tureen is 9 ½” long, 6 ¾” wide and 8 ¼” high to the top of the finial.
The glaze shades from light blue to deep cobalt blue. Over the glaze is a transfer pattern in gold. The edges are trimmed in rich gold. Gold is brushed on the end handles and the flower finial.
The shape is stunning. The edge of the stand has round scallops and the edge folds down. There are wavy lines in the mold, and at the base or foot of the tureen there are designs in raised relief. The wavy lines in the mold continue around the body of the tureen and they are on the lid. The end handles are a curved branch. The lid has a high dome. The flower finial stands about 1 ½” high. Around the flower winds a long stem, with the ends on the dome with leaves and a flower in raised relief and outlined in gold.
The lid has a notch at one end for the end of a ladle to poke out.
This is a larger piece. If you set a table with cobalt and gold china, or with white and gold china, this tureen will make an exceptional addition to your china dinnerware set.
There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing. The end handles may have gold wear or it may be that is how the gold was applied, so if this is important to you, please zoom in on the photos.
The green factory underglaze mark is J.P. underscored by L. followed by France. The red overglaze factory decorating mark is Décor followed by J.P. underscored by L. followed by France. This specific decorating mark was only used for a short time around 1891, which pinpoints the date accurately.
French Limoges Large Sauce Boat Tureen Cobalt & Gold w Amazing Flower Finial c 1891