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If you enjoy seafood then these are a 'must' for serving and tasting seafood. An exquisite gift for a seafood chef or an excellent housewarming present for those living near the sea. They are collectors pieces, now very sought after and hard to find.
Dating from the 1970's these plates have been 'spray' glazed individually, so each one varies slightly from the others in color and intensity. Some are more 'grey' then others, whose colors verge on 'blue/grey'. Wonderfully tactile with 'ridges' reminiscent of scallop shells there cannot be a more stylish way to serve your seafood course at dinner parties.
Originally designed for serving 'Coquilles St. Jacques', (Scallops) the plates all have six 'shell-shaped' depressions around a central 'lemon well', where you stylishly serve your lemon ready for squeezing onto the seafood. They could also be used for Oysters.
The plates each weigh 600gms (1.3 lbs) and measure 25cms/ 9 ¾" diameter.
Marked MOULIN DES LOUPS 'ORCHIES' DECOR INALTERABLE France (Mill of wolves in English)
Here's a bit of History for you about the MOULIN DES LOUP Porcelain mark: In 1904, Orchies’ ceramic production became more artistic under the name of L'Herminé et Cie. In 1923 the Orchies and Hamage factories merged and became Moulin des Loups & Hamage. The new company's mark generally comprises a windmill and the name ORCHIES in capitals (as shown on the bottom of these plates). Production was at its peak between 1920 and 1970.
The plates are all in excellent condition, with no chips or cracks. There are just two tiny, tiny 'nicks' on the lips of two of the plates, these are not noticeable at normal viewing distance, and considering the age and uniqueness of this set do not in any way detract from its beauty or quality.
This set really is a rare 'find' indeed and simply beautiful..............
....................Complete French Chic Elegance!
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