A beautiful, antique Limoges, hand painted game bird platter with a rare Barny & Rigoni mark and artist signed. The platter is 18 1/8 " long and 12 3/4" wide. The painting is well done and artist signed, however, I can not read the name of the artist. The colors are vivid and clear and the background is soft and lovely. The edges of the platter are embossed with scroll designs that are all trimmed in gold.
Reference for this rare Barny & Rigoni mark was found of page 339 of the Collector's Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain, Third Edition by Mary Frank Gaston. According to Gaston, they began making porcelain in Limoges France around 1894. The company went through several partnership changes during it's short life. The first partnership was Barny & Rigoni and Redon and when Redon left, it became Barny & Rigoni and Langle. They closed shop less than a dozen years after they opened and as a result, few examples of this company's work turns up.
This platter has the original flag mark, mark 1 in Gaston's book which was used from 1894 to 1902.
Condition: The platter is in excellent antique condition. There are no chips, no cracks and no crazing. There is minor loss of gold which is to be expected for a piece that is more than 100 years old. Any bright white spots are reflections of the light.