This is a great cabinet plate although it's origin is a bit of a mystery. The piece is actually a wall plaque, with two small factory drilled holes for a wire for hanging. A bluejay is giving it's baby bird a flying lesson, both are perched in a pine tree with red berries. At first glance, this looks like a Nippon piece, but it was painted by French artist, Dubois. It is a tapestry piece, produced by laying a cloth over the painted porcelain while it was being fired. The result is this tapestry effect, which gives the painting additional dimension and interest. The gold around the fancy scalloped edge has an honest patina acquired through time, and the back of the plate has a soft bisque finish, not a shiny glaze. Signed by French artist, A. Dubois, which leads me to believe this is an unmarked Limoges plate. Excellent condition, the painting remains bright and vivid. Measures 7 3/4" in diameter, circa 1890.
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