DESCRIPTION: We are pleased to offer this large, 11-1/4" diameter, platter-sized display plate, which is expertly hand painted with an array of vibrant, summer roses in full bloom. Based on this plate's LS&S Limoges backstamp, we can place the manufacture date between 1869 and 1924, making this wonderful platter at least 95 years old! While the plate was still greeware (wet), holes were pierced into the foot of the plate so that it could be displayed on a wall. We have provided an image with this detail. That particular form of display was commonplace during this period. The down side to this manner of display was the inevitable wear to the rim edge caused by the brackets, as evidenced by the nominal wear to this plate's thin band of gilding on the rim.
Please examine our images to see the excellent antique condition of this beautiful platter. It is visibly clear that the artist was incredibly talented! Unfortunately, he or she did not sign their work. We are impressed with the skillful manner in which the roses, leaves and branches were painted. Multiple subsequent firings with various glaze finishes produced a stunning depth to the hand painted floral scene.
This large and lovely platter was imported from the Limoges, France region into the United States by a New York importing firm that enjpyed a well deserved reputation for excellence in their products. This gorgeous French porcelain plate deserves pride of place within a Limoges or European porcelain collection, and will bring another century of enjoyment to the lucky new owner that possesses a discerning eye for beauty!
BRIEF HISTORY: The Straus family, led by Lazarus Straus, emigrated from Ottenberg, Bavaria to the United States in 1852. Straus and his wife initially settled in Georgia with their three sons; Isidor, Nathan, and Oscar Solomon. Lazarus Straus began working as a pushcart peddler. Following the Civil War, the family resettled in New York City where they eventually opened a dry goods store. In 1869 the family established the merchandising firm of L. Straus and Sons, and began importing into the United States high quality porcelain, pottery and crystal from France and Germany. Although the firm acted as distributors for companies like Baccarat, Minton and Wedgwood, its primary business involved the purchase of factories in Europe. Their company controlled these factories and produced their own products. Beginning in 1873, the company sold its china and glassware in the basement of Macy's department store. Members of the Strauss family became part owners of Macy's in 1884, and the sole owners in 1896. Lazarus Straus died in 1898.
Son Isidor, who served briefly in the U.S. House of Representatives (1894 - 1895), perished with his wife aboard the ocean liner Titanic in 1912. A year after their deaths, Nathan Straus agreed to sell his shares of the Macy's stock to Isidor's three sons Jesse, Percy and Herbert, in partial exchange for their interest in L. Straus & Sons. Brother Oscar Straus had previously given up his ownership in L. Straus & Sons because of this political career. Nathan Straus continued to import china, glassware and pottery as L. Straus & Sons until 1924, when he changed the name of the business to Nathan Straus & Sons. The business permanently closed its doors in 1930. However, the family ties to Macy's remained very strong: Isidor's son, Jesse, became president of Macy's in 1919. He was succeeded in that office by his son Jack Isidor Straus, who served as company president from 1939 to 1956.
Shipping for this lovely platter-sized Limoges display plate with hand painted summer roses is $40.00 to the 48 contiguous United States.