24 April 2002
A LARGE FRENCH SEMI-PORCELAIN CHARGER, 'CAFÉ AU CAIRE'
Circa 1885, signed F. Bellanger
Painted in the Orientalist style after Gerome, with two young boys preparing and sampling the coffee, two patrons and an onlooker in the distance, the turquoise border enriched in platinum and gilt with quatrefoil chain
20 3/8in. (51.8cm.) diam.
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