I am hoping to confirm the maker of this French serving platter.
The maker's mark has the letters "A D" with a bird, which I believe is for Alphonse Debain (the mark in use from 1883-1911).
What I am unsure of is the following:
- Alphonse Dutac also used the letters "A D" with a bird (pigeon).
- The mark is a bit different than other examples I have come across attributed to either Debain or Dutac
- The bird is slightly different
- The letter "A" is flat at the top instead of pointed
I think the most likely explanation is that this is a variation of Alphonse Debain's mark (please confirm).
Images of the platter:
Other maker's marks that have been attributed to both Alphonse Debain and Alphonse Dutac (I have seen both marks attributed separately to both makers because of the similarity):