This is a late 19th century French Limoges charger with an artist painted scene of a 17th century family drinking chocolate. The maker of the porcelain is William Guerin. The artist's signature appears to be Pardu. The date is circa 1891 to 1900.
The charger has depth to it. It is about 12 ½" wide and about 1 ¾" deep. I believe the choice of the porcelain blank is intentional by the artist so as to show off the brilliance of the painting, and thus the wide decorated rim frames the picture.
The painting is exquisite, and very unique. A 17th century family is gathered together in the parlor. The father is standing with the chocolate pot. Notice that the pot has a side handle. The mother is seated at a small table. There are three daughters of various ages, with the toddler seated on the lap of the oldest child. The middle child is playing with a doll and a wooden pull horse. For those of you who collect dolls, here is a rendition of a 17th century elegant doll.
The colors are brilliant and gorgeous. The artist was very talented; you can even see the shade a side drape casts over the floor near the sunny window. There are other subtle touches, like there is a drawer in the small table that is partially open.
Around the painting is a band of raised gold with a feather design in raised relief. The rim has more designs of gold in raised relief, along with hand painted flowers. The blossoms are yellow, purple, blue, white and gray, with gray leaves and stems.
There are no chips, cracks or crazing. There is some wear to the gold trim on the edge. The painting has a few light scratches that can be seen under a strong light. There is a minor glaze indentation on the underside.
The green underglaze mark is WG&Co followed by France.
The artist's signature is on the painting on the bottom right. The signature is a squiggle followed by A followed by Pardu.
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