Limoges production peaked in the Victorian Era during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901.) During this period, ostentation and embellishment were commonplace. Everyone was fascinated by nature and all things "natural", but "more" was better and a sign of good taste! If one couldn't squeeze enough plants and flowers into one's own greenhouse, then you selected floral draperies, upholstery, carpeting, decorative accessories and by all means, don't forget the plates on your tables, lamp stands and sideboards!
This lovely platter is an very truthful rendition of "pea pods". It is particularly nice to see the way the pinks and greens are blended effortlessly from one side to the other with just enough pink to accentuate the pea pods.
Early in the 1870's Bawo & Dotter Ltd. established "The Elite Works" in Limoges, France to decorate porcelain made by other factories. Porcelain production was interrupted during WWI. Around 1920/21 Bawo & Dotter Ltd. (owners of the "Elite" name), bought Guerin & Cie and became Guerin Pouyat Elite, with Carl Bawo as the technical director from 1923. The factory closed in 1932 and was demolished in 1933.
The green mark on the back of this platter was in use between 1896-1920.
Besides the obvious "beauty" of an artist's beautiful rendition on their selected "canvas" (porcelain in this case), these lovely pieces of art are forever immortalized and the colours stay fresh no matter how direct the light where you display them.
When you purchase a handpainted piece of Limoges you are acquiring an heirloom for you and all those who come after you, to enjoy....well....as long as it remains intact and doesn't come crashing to the floor!
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11.5" x 8.25" (29.3 x 21 cm)
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