L. Bernardaud & Co. Limoges 7.5" Plate: Folk Song from Lorraine, France AVEC MES SABOTS (c. 1950s)

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L. Bernardaud & Co.
7.5" Plate: Folk Song from Lorraine
Limoges, France

A lovely 7.5-inch plate made by L. Bernardaud & Co. of Limoges, France. The plate is hand-decorated with a pretty maid and 3 captains, illustrating an old French folk song (see below). The ivory-colored scalloped rim has a very nice design of ribbed ridges and lattice work.

Above and below the illustration, in green script, is "en passant par la Lorraine avec mes sabots / rencontrai trois capitaines avec mes sabots dondaine / oh, oh, oh, / avec mes sabots."

This plate is in very good condition, showing no sign of utensil wear (when held up to the light at an angle). There are no chips, cracks, flakes, or crazing that I can see. The gold trim around the rim is worn.

There are two back stamps. The green mark reads "B & Co / Limoges / France." There is also a red mark for "L. Bernardaud & Co. / Limoges / 13."

Here's a translation of the full song.

Passing through Lorraine in my clogs
I met three captains
With my dum-de-dum (dondaine) clogs
O-ho O-ho with my clogs.

They called me ugly
With my clogs
I'm not that ugly
Since the king's son loves me (NB: except that there was no king at the time and there isn't going to be anytime soon either)
O-ho O-ho with my clogs.

He gave me as a present
A verveine bush (you make herbal tea with it, I don't know what you call it in English, and it's pretty nasty too)
If it blooms I'll be queen,
If it dies I'll lose my pain
O-ho with my clogs.

Like many folk songs, it doesn't really make a lot of sense. From

http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/archive/index.php/t-220622.html

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