These 19th Century chargers by the renowned French porcelain firm, Jean Pouyat Limoges (JPL), convey a love story, c. Each piece features a 100% hand-painted (no transfers) portrait of a stunning woman with her beloved mandolin. The artist of these one-of-a-kind, porcelain chargers was masterfully able to capture a true sense of realism in these portraits.From a frozen moment of hopeful contemplation to overwhelming melancholy, the ethereal woman's emotions are almost palpable! On the first plate, the beauty is waiting for her paramour to arrive from the boats approaching on the horizon. The second portrait conveys a strong sense of longing on the woman's face, as her lover departed on those very vessels. The woman dons the same clothing, which suggests that her lover's departure transpired on the same day as his arrival!
The mercurial beauty only has her mandolin to comfort her in his absence. The artist's depictions of the pink and blue mottled sky with gulls flying near the horizon are serene.
The lush green forests surrounding the shore create a striking juxtaposition next to the calm blue sea. These exquisite chargers also possess scalloped borders that are thinly outlined in gilt.EXCELLENT, preowned condition with no cracks, chips, or crazing. The paint remains vibrant, and unscathed by the passage of time!
Each large charger measures approximately 13.75 in diameter. Both pieces are also artist signed on the lower right corners. Many firms made porcelain in Limoges due to the region's kaolin rich soil. One of these companies belonged to Jean Pouyat, who signed pieces made in his factory with J. Jean Pouyat was an important exporter of porcelain wares to the United States, and sent over decorated and undecorated articles.
The company's decorated porcelain pieces are known for their fine craftmanship, and ornate artwork. Do not pass up your chance to own these breathtaking Limoges chargers!
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