This is a Limoges hard paste porcelain plate, artist signed in raised gold by the French artist, with an initial followed by the name of Dubois. The date is circa the 1890s, or the late 19th century.
The green maker’s mark is Limoges underscored by France, an unknown maker of whiteware in Limoges in the 1890s, and a maker’s mark found with a Dubois signature. You can view more of the plates painted by Dubois in the “Collector’s Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain, Third Edition” by Mary Frank Gaston. Dubois painted animals, fish, game birds, figures and portraits on porcelain made by Bawo & Dotter, Borgfeldt, Flambeau, L.R. & L., and also this mark. Price guide values in the year 2000 went as high as $3000 for the larger chargers.
This plate has a diameter of 10 ¾”. The rim of the plate has raised designs in the whiteware. The edge is gilded in gold. There is a gold band on the inner circle of the rim. The portrait is centered in the middle of the plate and depicts a lady with a lot of blond curls and wearing an ornate hat. The signature is in raised gold and in below the curls on her shoulder. There are white streaks of raised enamel.
The question I will answer is the plate hand painted or a transfer. When you see the raised enamel you have to ask the question because that is how ignorant dealers pass off transfers, claiming the transfers are hand painted because of the raised enamel. This plate is hand painted. You can look closely and see that there are no dots of a transfer. Secondly, there is nothing in the literature to show that the work of Dubois was ever made into transfers. And thirdly, the signature of the artist is in raised gold, and not flat, not part of a transfer.
There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing. There is a dark mark in the glaze on the underside of the plate. There is some grime on the foot rest on the underside of the plate. There is only a tiny bit of gold wear.
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