A beautiful, antique set of ten Limoges, hand painted game bird plates for display with a rare Barny & Rigoni mark and artist signed. The plates are all 9`½" and have a delicate scalloped edge. The paintings are well done and all are artist signed by Dora. The background soft and lovely. The birds are painted with a brighter, more vivid color palette making the birds stand out. Each bird appears in a natural setting with grasses and flowers. The edges of the plates 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.
These plates have the original flag mark, mark 1 in Gaston's book which was used from 1894 to 1902. The red Barny & Rigoni decorators mark is not shown in Gaston's books.
Condition: These plates have some condition issues but still display beautifully. All but two plates have one or more tiny chips along the delicate scalloped edge. One plate has a larger chip on the edge. Two plates have tight, hairline cracks. I have included photographs of all the issues I just mentioned.