Spade French shape cup & Saucer, Limoges for Bourgeois, c. 1880

$395.00 AUD

Unusual French triangular-shaped  cup and saucer,  hand painted with birds in branches, the saucer with a bird focussed on a large beetle.

Red mark for Emile Bourgeois, ‘Le Grand Depot’, Paris,

also ‘J.P’ over L mark for Jean Pouyat for Limoges (manufacturer)

Circa 1880

saucer 13cm
cup 5cm high

Excellent Condition


Emile Bourgeois was born in 1832 in Normandy, France. At the age of 16 he went to work as a clerk in a china shop in Paris.In 1856 he moved to London and became a salesman for major English pottery manufacturers, primarily those based in Stoke-on-Trent. 1860 – Emile returned to France and in 1862, at the age of 30, he took out a shop on Rue Drouot in Paris, expunging along the street a year later, opening ‘Le Grand Dépôt’.  He was soon ordering his own bespoke products, with his retailers mark on them, from manufacturers across France and England . It advertised itself as the largest house in the world for table, desert and crystal services. Emile retired in 1905, and the business continued until after the Second World War when it closed. 




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