This is a beautiful 11-piece French Limoges hard paste porcelain dessert set that is entirely hand painted by a French artist at the Limoges decorating studio of Blakeman and Henderson. Each piece is signed on the face by the artist "Delot." The date is the 19th century, circa 1891 to 1899.
The eleven pieces consist of a charger or ornate cake plate and it is 12 ¼" in diameter. The ten dessert plates are 7" in diameter.
The maker of the porcelain is Coiffe. The Limoges decorating studio purchased the whiteware from Coiffe and the artist painted and gilded each piece to match as a set.
The blank is elegant, with a scalloped edge and raised bumps.
The artist painted a band of roses and leaves around the rim of each piece: pink beauty roses, white and yellow roses and softer pink roses. The edges are covered in gold. Circling the interior of each piece is a gold band outlined in black, with a gold pattern in the center.
If you think about it carefully, the reason why this set is so elegant is because when the cake or pie is put on the round platter or charger, and when the slice of pastry is put on each guest's plate, the pasty is in the middle so that the guest is looking at a plate with all of the roses and gilding showing in a circle around the pastry they are eating. Typically the dessert sets have roses centered in the plate, the pastry goes over it and gets smeared on the plate, and the guest never sees the beautiful roses, and so is never impressed with the dessert set. This set is decorated in a way to impress the guests.
The set dates to the late 19th century, which is a long time ago, meaning there is some wear here and there, not significant, however it needs to be mentioned. One dessert plate has a small nick, which I point to in one photo. A few of the plates have what is called stacking wear, or rubbing wear, mostly on the interior gold trim, and some of the little bumps around the edge of the plates, and I show you what I mean in a few close-up photos. The set looks great for its age and would impress even the most ignorant of guests. When you look at the photos that show the entire set or all of the plates, that is how rich and sumptuous each piece looks in reality. There are no chips, cracks or crazing.
The green underglaze mark for Coiffe is Limoges inside the star with Limoges above and France below. The green overglaze studio decorating mark is Blakeman & Henderson followed by Limoges-France.
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