This is a French Limoges hard paste porcelain mug, decorated by Demartine, and signed by the Limoges artist Thoraud on the face of the mug. The date is the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, circa 1891 to 1905. Demartine was a Limoges factory in business from 1891 to the first years of 1900.
The mug is 5" high and 4" wide at the bottom.
The ground is mostly an off-white shading to a few blush tones.
Around the top of the mug is a band of gold, outlined in black. On the front and back sides dangle a clump of three ripe pears, with a few white blossoms and green leaves. The artist's signature is to the right of the pears on the side where the handle points to the right.
The handle is trimmed in gold. The top rim is also banded in gold. There are more gold lines around the bottom. The inside and bottom are glazed white.
There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing. The gold trim on the mouth has one short area of mild roughness as felt by the fingertips. The underside has a piece of masking tape for some reason, placed there by the estate.
The green overglaze decorating mark is a circle with G D & Cie above, the word Avenir inside the circle and the words Limoges France Hand Painted below the circle.
Specializing in rare, unique and beautiful antique porcelain, pottery and art glass
SALE thru August 31 -- Everything reduced 25%! USA customers free shipping. Layaway available.