I’m often drawn as much to the back of a plate as the front, and these two earthenware dinner plates have a pretty flourish border design on the front as well as a stunning maker’s mark on the back.
Found at a market about an hour northwest of Paris, these two plates are a creamy white with a lovely blue pattern that follows the scalloped edge. I’m not entirely sure of the material but believe it’s earthenware because of the color in the chipped areas. These plates date back to the late 1800s and are showing their age a bit with some crazing, staining, browning, chips and a crack in each of the two plates – please view photos for details.
The mark on the back is in the shape of a belt and bears the information of the maker Emile Bourgeois who founded the Grand Depot in 1862 at 1 Rue Drouot, Paris. In 1879 he opened a second store in Marseille and in 1890 he purchased the building at 21-23 Rue Drouot, which makes me think this plate dates to somewhere between 1879 and 1890.
SIZE: 10″ diameter
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