LIMOGES HANDPAINTED PLATE, EARLY 20TH CENTURY(PRE-1920), SCALLOPED EDGE
FOUR FLOWER STEMS, LEAVES AND BLOSSOMS LAID OUT IN GEOMETRICAL PRECISION LIKE THE FOUR POINTS OF A COMPASS, WITH CURVED GOLD BRUSHED PERIMETER
DIAMETER IS 8.25 INCHES. HEIGHT 1 INCH. WEIGHT 11.2 OZ.
MARK IN GREEN: "ELITE/ L /FRANCE".
MARK IN RED: "ELITE WORKS" OVER A BEARDED MAN ON A SHIELD, WITH LIMOGES FRANCE UNDERNEATH.
ALSO, THE WORD : "HANDPAINTED" UNDERLINED WITH A FLOURISH IS ON BACK OF PLATE
LITTLE OR NO WEAR.
The Elite Works was a decorating studio set up in the early 1870s in Limoges, France by Bawo & Dotter, a New York City china importer of largely Limoges porcelain established the previous decade.
The mark in green “ELITE/L/FRANCE” is an underglaze porcelain white ware mark used ca. 1896-1920.
The mark in red with “ELITE WORKS” over the image of a bearded man on a shield under which are the words “LIMOGES FRANCE” is an overglaze decorating mark, ca 1896-1932. (Some references have this mark as ca. 1920-1932).The bearded man on the shield is St Martial, taken from the seal of the city of Limoges,France.
Either way, the plate was made no later than ca. 1920