R. Delinières Antique Limoges Bowl
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This pretty bowl was made by the renowned company R. Delinières & Cie (R. Delinières and Co.) in Limoges, France between 1894 and 1900, according to the green mark on the bottom. Remy Delinières founded his porcelain manufactory in 1879; the company was in business under that name until 1900. The bowl was hand painted and signed by a lady with the charming name of Belle M. Pooley. In the Victorian and Edwardian eras it was a common pastime for ladies to hand paint china as a hobby. Women often formed china painting clubs and enjoyed displaying their efforts in their homes. Many china companies sold blanks which were then used by these amateur artists.
Ms. Pooley was talented, choosing lovely colors like pale pink and powder blue against the pure white porcelain. She captured all the details of the roses with their hips and leaves. The round bowl measures 7 inches across and stands about 1 1/2 inches high. The rim is scalloped and has raised, molded details, with two protruding tabs that form small handles. It's in excellent condition, with no cracks, chips or crazing and the gilt trim on the rim intact and unblemished. It looks as pleasing sitting on a table as it does in a china closet, so very decorative and useful.