14pc Rare French Sterling Silver Raynaud Limoges Porcelain Dessert Service, Plates, Large Tray & Bowl
A rare and gorgeous French sterling silver mounted Limoges dessert service by renown porcelain manufacturer Raynaud & Cie. Dating to the early 20thc. Comprising of 12 dessert or luncheon plates, a large cake platter or tray and a large bowl with unique dodecagon shaping, ideal for fruit and dessert. All pieces mounted with a sterling silver rim bearing French hallmarks and crafted by the firm of prominent Parisian silversmith Edmond Tétard. The fantastic design features birds of paradise with vibrant yellow and blue plumage. Surrounded by tropical blossoms and foliage, further decorated with butterflies and gold accents. This particular pattern was a special edition made exclusively for Tetard, as a collaboration between Raynaud and the famous silversmith firm. Rare to find a full service of 12 plates, with the addition of a matching platter and bowl, and rarer still to find them ringed in French sterling silver! In very good condition for age and type, no chips or cracks found. Some light to normal wear to the pattern as expected from use. A tiny dimple or two on a silver rim. Hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark used from 1838 to 1919, which depicts the goddess Minerva with a number 1 beside her to denote a silver content of 950/1000 (of 95% pure silver and a higher finesse than .925 sterling). Bearing makers marks for Tétard frères, active from 1903 at 4 rue Béranger in Paris.