Posted 11 months ago
This is another piece that I wanted to show and share. No, it isn't blue, but it has roses! ;-) It is a really sweet pattern that I will probably never be able to identify, but I still love it. It measures just over 7 inches. It's marked Mark B25j: Green porcelain mark used 1896-1920 and Mark B25g: Red decoration mark (showing St. Martial),used 1896-1932. So that puts it between 1896 and 1920. This piece also came to me through my grandmother. Everything that was left from her collection is extremely important to me since she died two years before I was born. I was the only grandchild from her two children so I sort of made out like a bandit!
Bawo & Dotter was established in New York City in the 1860s to import porcelain, especially from Limoges, into the USA. In the early 1870s they established The Elite Works in Limoges to decorate porcelain made by other factories. Their production included table china, decorative pieces and trinket boxes. Some of their marks incorporated St. Martial from the seal of the City of Limoges. Porcelain production was interrupted during WWI. Shortly after the war, they bought the William Guerin company (which had purchase the Pouyat company), and the company became Guerin-Pouyat-Elite, apparently continuing use of all three company marks. The company closed in 1932.
Bawo & Dotter also had large operations in Austria and Czechoslovakia, with completely different marks.