Q: My wife and I picked up some Limoges pieces at auction and have a 3-footed bowl with three stamps on the bottom. We’re having difficulty identifying the marks. We found the P and P mark on your website, Kovels.com. I’m including pictures and would appreciate help dating the bowl.
A: The mark “La Seynie Limoges P and P France” was used by Paroutaud Freres, a company founded in Limoges, France, by brothers Pierre and Paul Paroutaud. They operated two factories in Limoges and bought La Seynie, a porcelain factory in nearby Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, about 1903. Paroutaud Freres was in business until 1917. The patent date marked on your dish is the date the design was patented but it’s too blurry to read. The bowl might sell for about $30 to $50.