This is a set of 6 French hard paste porcelain square plates. I am selling the plates for who ever has a need for a set of really old plates. The date is the 19th century, circa 1860.
The corners of the plates are rounded with a shell-like ridge in the corners.
The plates are 7 ½” in diameter; there is a rim that comes up so the plates have a height of 1”.
The decoration is at a time when the French were experimenting with how to use transfer patterns on porcelain. So there are some outlines in black so as to keep the pattern approximate on each dish, and the rest are colors filled in by hand by the factory workers, which gives each plate a different appearance. The plates were produced before transfer patterns were fully developed.
One plate only has a decoration of morning glories. The other 5 plates have large pink roses, leaves, vines, rose buds and smaller flowers.
There is pattern wear on some of the plates, and in the same spots. I show a close-up photo of the plate wear. There is a photo of each plate and you can zoom in and see if the pattern wear bothers you or not.
There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing. There are a few flecks of ash from the wood burning kilns in the glaze here and there.
The plates are unmarked as to maker, but with my years of handling French porcelain from this time period, I can tell you the plates were either made in Limoges or Paris. The plates were probably the everyday dishes in a more affluent household, not the fancy china used for guests.