Antique Jean Pouyat French Limoges Luncheon Plate with Handpainted Cherry Blossoms circa 1890-1902
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. Henry Ward Beecher
Spring blooms on the table for the 133rd year thanks to this beautiful French Limoges luncheon plate. Hand-painted and signed by the artist (Agnew), it was made by Jean Pouyat Pottery in Limoges, France between 1890-1902.
Decorated with cherry blossoms in all their pale pink and white shades, with delicate branches and a pale grey background, this plate is both an exquisite work of art and a functional serving dish all in one.
Apart from creating some of the world's most beautiful antique dishware, the interesting thing about Jean Pouyat Limoges is that they made a lot of pottery. Many pieces traveled across the sea undecorated - left plain for American designers to add their own marks or for hobby enthusiasts to explore a popular form of ceramic artistry themselves at home.
Whichever was the case, if this plate was made and painted in France or made in France and painted in America, this artist, Agnew, knew what she was doing. Beautifully balanced and realistically captured, she had a wonderful way with the brush, adding depth of color and nuance to each petal and each branch.
The ultimate refinement and a graceful pastime, ceramic decorators don't often get the credit they deserve as so many pieces go unrecognized. In this case, at least we have Agnew's signature giving her recognition for the lovely scene she created,
- Signed by the Artist
- Colors include light grey, ice pink, pale pink, pale raspberry, medium grey, gold, chocolate and pale pine green
- Stamped with the John Pouyat mark on back
In gorgeous antique condition. There are no chips, cracks, spots or stains.
Measures 8.5" inches in diameter and weighs. 11 oz.