This is a French Limoges bowl artist hand painted and signed by Max Rost. The date is circa 1900 to 1910.
The bowl is on the larger size, so probably a centerpiece, at 4" high and 9 ¾" wide.
The bowl is shaded in autumn colors of brown, red, yellow and cream. The outside of the bowl and the interior each have clusters of leaves with clumps of red currants or grapes. The inside of the bowl has a wide band of gold, which is repeated on the bottom edge of the foot.
I refer you to the "Collector's Encyclopedia of Pickard China" by Alan B. Reed. The artist, Max Rost, is discussed on page 255; he worked for Pickard but was best friends with Donath and spent most of his career working for Donath before he opened his own studio in Chicago. It is mentioned elsewhere in the book that not too many works by Max Rost have been located. Well here is one.
The Limoges porcelain bowl is made by Plainemaison, a company that was only in business from 1890 to 1910; they manufactured only whiteware and exported primarily to the Chicago decorating studios.
The signature of M. Ross is located on the inside of the bowl.
The underside of the bowl shows the green maker's mark of Limoges followed by three stars followed by France.
There are no chips, cracks or crazing. There is a little bit of wear to the gold and painting.
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