Beautiful Antique Limoges Center Bowl - Ferner with matching platter made by Martial Redon and decorated by Bawo Dotter Elite Works.
Both pieces are doubled marked. The blank white ware was made by Martial Redon. Each piece has the MR number 2 mark that was used from 1891 until 1896. This mark can be seen on page 269 of The Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain by Mary Frank Gaston, Third Edition.
Each piece is also marked with a red Elite decorators mark that was used by Bawo & Dotter from 1891 until 1900. This is mark 8 that can also be found in Mary Frank Gaston's book on page 33.
A bit of history from Gaston's book: "Bawo & Dotter was established in New York in the 1860's for the purpose of importing china, most notably, Limoges. The firm set up its own decorating studio in Limoges France during the 1870's under the name "The Elite Works". They decorated the Limoges blanks made by other companies. They did begin to manufacture their own china in 1896."
These lovely pieces are delicately decorated in a very pale, pastel blue with lovely delicate flowers and lots of gold trim. The scroll designs are raised as the gold paint is applied so thickly in two different tones of gold.
The charger has scalloped edges and is 11 ¼" by 11". The top area has an embossed lattice design in the porcelain. It is in excellent condition. No chips. No crack. No crazing
The matching center bowl is 9.5" wide and 3.5" deep. It also has a section with the embossed lattice design. There are two small areas that have repairs. The decoration on the opposite side of this repair has been repainted. There is one very small rim chip. This does not detract from the beauty of this piece. It still displays beautifully.
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