This is a beautiful hand painted hard paste porcelain charger, French Limoges, dating to circa 1900.
The porcelain maker is Bawo & Dotter. The charger was imported into the United States by Pitkin & Brooks, a Chicago retailer, and professionally artist painted for Pitkin & Brooks. The artist’s signature on the front of the charger is “France,” yes like the country, except it is the artist’s last name.
The charger is 12 ¼” in diameter.
The rim has raised bumps in the porcelain and is painted in heavy gold.
The face of the charger, or platter, is painted with large pink tulips and green and brown leaves against a shaded ground of green-to-cream.
There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing. There is a little bit of gold wear on the edge, perhaps due to sitting in a plate display holder or hanging on the wall. There is some estate residue on the foot rest on the underside of the plate.
The green underglaze maker’s mark is Elite L France. The red importing mark is P & B Limoges France.
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