Some oyster plates are handsome and some are striking; this one is truly lovely. Starting with the mold for this five well plate, there are many beautiful details. Each well is scalloped with a shell form near the sauce well. A larger version of the shell form is repeated between the wells along with graceful scrolls. The entire edge of the plate is gilded with soft sponging on the interior rim. In over 40 years of collecting this is the first plate I have seen featuring parrot tulips, as well as other blooms and foliage. The color palette is shades of green, salmon, and pale blue. On the reverse the oyster plate is marked "GDA" for Gerard, Duffraisseix, and Abbot and "Limoges." There is also a green mark with "GDA" over "France." Wright, Tyndale, and Van Roden of Philadelphia, a fine establishment, retailed this antique French oyster plate. The diameter 7.5 inches and the condition of this plate is excellent. It may have been a display piece.