This is an exceptional 19th century French Old Paris artist painted charger plate, showing French artistry at its best. It is one of two plaques I have listed to my shop at this time. The age is circa 1850.
The charger plaque is 14” and is very heavy; it is made of solid hard paste porcelain and weighs a bit over 5 pounds.
The artist painted scene of the courting couple is centered in the middle of the charger. The detail is exquisite, and the colors are vivid. A young lady and man are meeting in the garden belonging to a noble. A winged cherub, holding a bow in one hand and an arrow in another (perhaps Cupid?) is next to the skirts of the young woman. Off to the side, the young man gazes longingly at the beautiful lady.
The blond lady has fair skin. She is wearing a bright yellow top, an orange underskirt, and a lavender top skirt. She has a blue cap on her head. The young man has a mop of curly brown hair and he is wearing a purple top.
The trees and foliage are painted in colors of green, brown, yellow, blue and gray. There are a few blooming pink roses. The sky is in shades of blue, pink and yellow.
Around the scene is a band of gold trim. Next is a band of white glaze, over which are painted garlands of flowers. There are pink and yellow roses, violets, yellow and red daisies and other beautiful blossoms. The rim of the charger has a bright blue ground, a color used by the Paris porcelain makers during this time period.
The other charger I have listed to the shop has hand written letters incised into the porcelain on the underside, and the letters can be seen faintly. If the same letters were on this charger, they have faded over time. This charger has a few incised hash marks, covered with glaze, which are typically put there by the Paris porcelain maker.
The underside is glazed. The foot rests are unglazed and show a lot of dirt due to age. There is a little bit of rubbing to the blue ground around the edge. There are a few faint scratches that can be seen under a magnifying glass, on the top of the charger. There are no chips, cracks or crazing. The plate is in exceptional condition given the age, more than 150 years old!