This lovely Limoges D & Co Art Nouveau hand painted large Jardinière is beautifully decorated with pink dogwood blossoms. This piece is a picture of romance and beauty made by fabulous artisans. The rim is decorated with a lovely gold trim in pristine condition.
The wonderful beauty of porcelain painting on this D&C Limoges Jardinière is truly a work of art. The entire piece is painted, with the background color a very light purple blue. The design is then painted by freehand and the background is worked in around the design. It is the painting followed by the firing process, with subsequent painting and firing, that gives the porcelain its highlights and a three-dimensional look. Each piece is as unique as the talented individual who painted it. This piece demonstrates that technique in a very dramatic fashion. The pink dogwood flowers just spring off the piece and are intertwined with green leaves. The shadow effect gives the plate a three dimensional appearance.
This Limoges porcelain plate was produced by the Delinieres & Cie Limoges Company. In 1860 R. Délinieres and P. Guery opened the La Taupiniere porcelain factory on Rue Albert Thomas in Limoges. In 1879 R. Délinieres became director, and in 1881 they first began decorating some of their porcelains. The factory was sold to Leonard Bernardaud in 1900 and became Bernardaud & Cie.
Limoges! The name makes you think of a region of France, the city of Limoges or the factories that produce fine hard paste porcelain that was hand decorated by many famous and unknown artists. The high quality, refined porcelain, fired and re-fired at increasingly high temperatures, which make Limoges porcelain translucent (allow light to pass through), and its much lighter weight than other porcelain or pottery also contributed to the popularity of Limoges porcelain.
When the blank was ready it was either taken to a decorating studio within the factory, sent to another decorating studio in the area or exported to one of the professional decorating factories in the United States, or sent to china painting schools for amateurs to paint.
In America, by the turn of the 20th century, painting on porcelain had become a cottage industry for more than 25,000 talented artists, most of them women who were not allowed to achieve professional status in that era. The technique known as the standard method of painting became popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This technique utilizes the translucency of china paint to create depth and highlight. Background is used to the advantage on these pieces. Color, reflection, shadow and shapes can all be included in the background to add interest and new dimensions to our painting. The entire piece is painted, with the background color ranging from a very light wash to a very dark color. The design is then painted on freehand or by tracing, and the background is worked in around the design. It is the painting followed by the firing process, with subsequent painting and firing, that gives the porcelain its highlights and a three-dimensional look. The majority of the amateur American china painters were those women who were allowed creative occupations, and those who considered it a hobby. Woman played significant roles in the birth of the china-painting movement in America. Women in American history tend to be forgotten and their roles secondary to their male counterparts. In the early 1900s there were hundreds of unnamed and unknown fine female china painters and artists who lapsed into obscurity because no one felt their lives needed documentation.
MARK: The bottom is marked in green D & Co France and the artist’s initials C.A. D & C over France Mark 3. Dates 1890-1900.
SIZE: The jardinière measures 7 ½” high and 29 1/2” around the widest part.
CONDITION: This jardinière is in beautiful condition. The hand painting is elegant and the colors are absolutely stunning. There are no cracks or chips.
This is a piece of art history when porcelain painting was done by such talented artists.
Again, this is an exquisite example of the perfection of hand painted Limoges porcelain which will be cherished by collectors forever. I have tried to take accurate pictures to show you the true condition of the piece. I will be glad to supply you with more pictures on request. PLEASE VIEW THE LARGER PHOTOS FOR IMPORTANT DETAILS.
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