This beautiful square serving bowl with fluted corners was made in Mettlach, Germany by the famous firm of Villeroy and Boch. In 1829, the firm of Jean-François Boch et Frères (1809 until 1836) developed a new earthenware; it was bright white and very durable. The Boch family named it "porcelain stoneware" and used copper plates to print their beautiful patterns on the tableware. In 1836, Boch merged with rival Nicholas Villeroy. This Meissen pattern bowl has cobalt floral designs on their pure white earthenware.
The bowl measures 6 1/2 inches across and 9 inches diagonally from corner to corner. It stands 2 1/2 inches high on a base about 4 inches square and weighs one pound. Its condition is excellent; there are some tiny nicks and rough spots on the rim, one tiny circular chip out of the glaze (pictured) and a few minute chips on the bottom foot rim, but no hairlines, cracks or repairs. It's fresh and clean and vibrant.
The printed blue mark on the bottom reads "Villeroy and Boch Mettlach Made in Germany Meissen." V & B used this mark from 1874 to 1909. The Meissen pattern is one that's not easily found, but for the collector, it plays well with other blue and white china patterns such as Blue Onion, Poppy and Copenhagen and some from Royal Copenhagen and Bing & Grondahl. It looks lovely as a stand-alone display as well.