This is a breathtaking piece of workmanship and subject matter! We have many game plaques but never with a fox as the main subject or one as beautiful as this one. The master artist Dubois is well known for creating superb pieces of artwork on porcelain and this piece is truly one of his best! He has chosen a wonderful rococo scalloped rimmed, deep set plaque to create his master piece. He has painted the raised relief edge with Roman coin gold bring your attention to the center. The main motif is a beautiful red fox pursuing a bird through the forest! Looking at the deep colors of the forest you feel like you are there watching the whole thing play out! The trees and ground colors gradually blend into a body of gray blue foggy sky. Dubois has added a small body of water in the lower portion of this scene reflecting the forest. He has used the combination of the colors on this piece to complement each other and to balance out the motif. Limoges plaques with the Dubois artist's signature are one of the most sought after by collectors. Dubois is featured and listed as a well known French artist in Mary Gaston's reference book: 'Collector's Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain' 3rd edition. The back has four drilled holes for hanging this fantastic piece. We have checked in our research books and have identified the mold shape as one used by the porcelain factory Lazeyras, Rosenfeld & Lehman. This piece is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks. Manufacturing anomalies may exist, the occasional tiny iron speck, dust 'bump' in the glaze, etc.
Backstamp: J. C. Limoges Decorating Mark,
Measures: 15 1/2," x 2 1/4," H
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