This is an exceptional 19th century French Old Paris artist painted charger plate, showing French artistry at its best. It is the second of two plaques I have listed to my shop at this time; this plaque has letters incised on the underside, most likely for the artist and gilder. 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 a romantic courting couple is centered in the middle of the charger. The beautiful fair lady is kneeling before the handsome man. Just like the first plaque, the detail is exceptional and the colors are bright and vivid. By detail, let me point your eye to the chair upon which the man is seated. The leg is the carved silhouette of a goddess or queen. Now look to the right, where there is a wood chest, upon which rests a bowl and ewer. If you look at the corner of the chest, there is a carved head of a ram, with horns flaring backwards.
The beautiful lady is dressed in a long flowing pink gown, and she is wearing blue slippers and has a blue ribbon in her fair hair. The man has a long sleeve shirt in blue, over which is a long robe in yellow, and a cloak in orange.
The greenery is painted in the colors of green, brown, blue and yellow. There are mountains in gray and blue. The sky is in shades of yellow and blue.
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.
This charger has a little bit more wear to it on the surface than the first charger, due to age. There are some visible scratches and wear over the gold bands and on the white glaze. A few faint scratches are visible under a magnifying glass over the scene, plus a slight bit of rubbing wear. There is a little bit of wear to the blue ground around the edge. However, the flaws are typical for pieces this old, and the charger is gorgeous. There are no chips, cracks or crazing.
The underside is glazed white. The foot rests are unglazed and show a lot of dirt due to age. There are a few hash marks incised in the porcelain and covered in glaze, and are typically the mark of the Paris porcelain maker. To the right of the hash marks one can see the incised letters if viewed in a good light with a magnifying glass. I did my best to photograph the letters, in case you can link the letters to the artist and gilder. Sometimes the signatures can be matched to the artists and gilders working for Sevres. The letters are in two groups, so my assumption is one group belongs to the artist and the other set belongs to the gilder.
The charger is exceptional, a true piece of art work from the French 19th century.
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