Rare French Limoges Color Wheel Plate Salesmans Sample Tray 1890
This rare porcelain color wheel charger plate measures 12.75 inches in diameter with a wavy edge and shaped body with deep center well, standing 1.75 inches tall along the outer rim. It shows a spectrum of 8 colors sold in kiln fired porcelain oyster plates and platters that were retailed in France and abroad. The huge porcelain tray was fabricated and decorated and is marked ‘Limoges France AL’ with an anchor mark, signifying that it was made by Alfred Lanternier in the Limoges region of France c1890-1914, a company best known for their beautiful oyster plates and party platters.
The colorful tray would have been made to demonstrate the use of colors and range when applied to porcelain, each color being named and labelled by hand on a white inner ring of the platter. The platter is trimmed in gold with a decorative white fade to the center effect. A fabulous range of rich deep sultry colors of the period.
Color Sample Plates were made to support the ceramic industry retailers and were used to market the latest range of available styles and colors. They were displayed in stores and showrooms, used as a color wheel like a catalog, and carried by travelling salesmen. These plates were not available to buy and few survived the heavy use in the retails setting. The plate is steeped in social history and art and interior design history. The plate is in great condition with no chips cracks fades or repairs on the front and one clean chip of the foot rim. Wear to the gilding and handwritten words, consistent with age and prior use. An outstanding plate, offered as is.
The charge is a unique, one of a kind art piece perfect for the artist potter or anyone with an artistic flair. The colorful piece displays beautifully, and would light up any work space wall. A very unusual collectors item, or art studio/interior design/shop prop or for use as a modern party platter.