Q: I inherited a small set of dishes from my mother. There is a vase-shape mark on the bottom with "D & Co, Limoges" inside. Can you tell me who made the dishes and how old they are?
A: The mark was used by R. Delinieres & Co. from about 1881 to 1893. Remy Delinieres took over the operation of an existing company and founded R. Delinieres & Co. in 1879. Undecorated ware was made there until 1881, when the company established a decorating workshop. The company became L. Bernardaud & Co. in 1900. The image you sent us was not very clear, so the mark shown here is from "Collector's Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain," 3rd ed., by Mary Frank Gaston (Collector Books, Paducah, Ky., 2000).