This beautiful octagon shaped dish was made by Vista Alegre, established in 1824 and manufacturer of the largest collection of fine porcelain and crystal in Europe. The company, working with designers such as Oscar de la Renta and Christian Lacroix, has a worldwide reputation for exquisite, collectible tableware. This covilhete dish (a covilhete is a sort of Portuguese potpie or quiche) was manufactured between 1980 and 1992, when the pattern was discontinued. The pattern is called Maybell; it's a pure white porcelain body with a central decoration of stylized radishes that are also on four of the eight sides. There are different geometrics in vibrant colors of rust, light green and darker green, with a heavy gilt trim to the edge of the rim. It's all topped with a glossy glaze, except on the bottom, where the oval Vista Alegre mark is stamped in green with a gold crown, the word Maybell under it and another VA green mark below that.
This dish measures 8 1/4 inches by 8 1/4 inches--each side is about 3 3/8 inches long--and it stands an inch high. The condition is pristine, making it a gorgeous display dish and a porcelain piece that will increase in value while giving much pleasure through the coming years.