This is a French Limoges hard paste porcelain set of eight small leaf shaped dishes. The maker is Bawo & Dotter. The date is the end of the 19th century, circa 1896 to 1900.
Each dish is 4 ½” by 2 7/8”. The shape is of a leaf. The size is small, and the function for use at the dinner table was to hold an individual oyster, or to use for individual condiments or sauces.
There are 4 dishes of each transfer pattern, so two different patterns. One pattern is a yellow and white daisy with smaller lavender flowers and pale green stems and leaves. The other floral pattern looks more like lavender or pink poppies with pink stems and pale green leaves.
The edges and the stem of the leaf are brushed with gold trim. There is minimal wear to the gold trim, just some spots of gold wear.
There are a few glazing marks, specks of color in the glaze. There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing.
The red overglaze factory decorating mark is Elite followed by the coat of arms followed by the words Limoges France.
You can view a dish of similar size in the book by Mary Frank Gaston, “The Collector’s Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain,” Second Edition, page 164, Plate 472.
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