Antique Oyster Plate with Iridescent Glaze in Blue and Cream
ANTIQUE PRE-1890 PORCELAIN LUSTREWARE
A fine antique hand painted molded porcelain iridescent oyster plate; likely European.
6 oyster wells and a center condiment well for sauces.
Each shell is pale blue at the "attachment point", and is painted with an oyster 'scar'. Surrounding the wells is an embossed ribbed pattern; lustreware accented with gold.
SIZE: 9.5” in diameter.
Impressed into base with the numbers 3329 & 17.
In 1890, the McKinley Tariff Act was passed, requiring imported items to be marked with the country of origin. This plate does not have a country marking, which leads one to assume that it was made prior to 1890.