This is a French Limoges hard paste porcelain breakfast set, studio decorated in France, not America, and signed by the artist on each piece. The date is circa 1930, in the Art Deco Period.
Each piece is stamped Limoges. The maker is still unknown. However the back stamps are dated to 1891 or later in Mary Frank Gaston’s books on Limoges. The artist’s signature is next to each back stamp and it is MB. The set was acquired in Paris, so it is unlikely the piece was painted in America and taken to France; it is more likely it was decorated by one of the Paris or Limoges decorating studios.
The set consists of a tray, 3 eggcups and a salt and pepper shaker.
The tray is 9 ¼” long and 6 ½” wide. The eggcups are 2 3/8” high and 2” wide. The shakers are 2 ¼” high and 1 ¾” wide.
The set has a high quality yellow or gold ground or glaze. Each piece is painted with a bird flying against a moon or sun; the tray has two large birds. There are painted lines of black with brown to denote air currents. The rims are trimmed in black.
The shakers unscrew at the bottom, and it is totally porcelain, no metal involved. The pieces that unscrew are bisque, or unglazed, and one of these bottom pieces has flakes from the bisque that I show in a close-up photo. The piece still screws firmly into place and the flaking cannot be seen.
The insides of the eggcups are glazed white. The bottom of the tray is bisque.
There are no chips, cracks, nicks or crazing, just the one flaking I show in a photo.
The green maker’s mark on the tray and eggcups is Limoges France. The eggcups are marked with a black Limoges, which may be a decorating mark, and which probably means that the set was decorated at a studio in Limoges, versus Paris, if that is important to anyone.
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