This is an extremely beautiful hard paste porcelain 14” French Limoges charger, early 20th century. The blank is produced by a French Limoges company and imported by Lewis Strauss & Sons. The tray dates from 1900 to 1920.
The charger or cabinet tray or platter is very ornate, and the blank has bumps, tabs and swirls in raised relief around the irregular edge, all covered in heavy gold. The background glaze is white. Up next to the gold edge are evenly spaced decorative lines of blue arrows. The pattern is one of multi-colored dahlias, mostly purple, but touched with yellow, gray and lavender. Other dahlias are lighter in shade, showing more gray, yellow and green than purple. Many of the flowers have touches of white enamel in raised relief. The stems and leaves are in various colors of green, purple, gray, brown and yellow.
There are no chips, cracks or crazing. There are a few tiny areas of missing gold, however the gold is more than 99% intact. There are a few light surface scratches, which can be viewed under very strong light. On the underside near the edge, there is a glaze skip or smoothed down area or glaze discoloration, and I show you this area in a close up photo, circled in red, because it is a small area that looks different that the rest of the underside.
The green underglaze mark is Limoges underscored by a line followed by France.
The blue overglaze exporting mark is LS&S Limoges inside a double circle followed by France.