I have owned many of these plates over the years and this is one of the better painted ones I have seen. The cobalt blue border on this plate is covered with lavish gold, all of which is hand painted. The style of the border is an unusual one, featuring birds and bellflowers. This particular portrait is known as Reflexion (this is the spelling I have always seen on porcelain pieces displaying this same image) or Reflection.The front of the plate is artist signed Wagner at the lower right where the subjects gown meets the gold border around the portrait. The obverse of the plate has a blue overglaze beehive mark, a gold paint-out mark a common practice of the period see the 2. Paragraph below over a Rosenthal Selb-Bavaria Mark and a hand painted D 312 in red (probably the decoration number).
According to the book Marks on German, Bohemian and Austrian Porcelain 1710 to the Present by Robert E. Rontgen this particular Rosenthal mark was in use from 1908 to 1953. Since the original Royal Vienna factory closed in 1864 dozens of firms produced their own versions of the decorating style originally produced by this factory in what the following book describes as the post-1864 private enterprise period.
My source for this information is the book Goddens Guide To European Porcelain by Geoffrey Godden from Chapter 5 entitled Vienna and Vienna-styled Porcelains. I want to be clear that this piece is not an original Royal Vienna factory piece but is decorated in a style that is similar to the original Royal Vienna factory as described in the previous paragraph. If the maker of the porcelain had marked the plate these decorators then many times painted over the porcelain manufacturers mark, or in some cases even ground it off. Many people put great emphasis on the artists signature or the mark on the obverse of a piece of porcelain such as this.
However, as experienced collectors of Royal Vienna style porcelain we have come to realize over the years that the marks on the bottom of a piece (such as the beehive mark) and the artist signature (like Wagner) do not define the piece. Instead, the style and quality of the decoration and the artistry of the portrait are what really matters. As reinforcement for our beliefs, according to the beautiful book Hand Painted Porcelain Plates: Nineteenth Century to the Present by Richard Rendall and Elise Abrams there were no less than sixteen Wagners actively painting china in Germany, Austria and Bohemia in the latter part of the nineteenth century and Attributions are impossible. Regardless, a strikingly beautiful plate in excellent original condition!
I do my best to describe all items as accurately as possible and to the best of my ability. Some of my photos may be somewhat lighter or darker than actual to better show detail or color.
However, do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or with requests for additional pictures. Our store has many unique and interesting items in several different categories from 35 years of our dealing and collecting antiques and collectables. It is in excellent to near mint original condition.Please look closely at the photos as they are an important part of my description of this item. There are no chips, flea bites, cracks, hairlines or repairs. The gold trim shows only some extremely light signs of use or wear (I really only see a bit of wear to the rim where the plate rests when stood up for display) - see the photos. The plate rings like a bell when I tap it anywhere on the rim with my fingernail. I also examined the plate thoroughly front & back under a black-light and found no evidence of any damage or repairs. The plate is really in exceptional condition for a 100+ year old piece of hand decorated porcelain. Please keep in mind the photos may be blown up at least 8-10 times normal, so anything you see will look 8-10 times larger in the photos than it really is. Please note: if you see a dark spot in the photos it is from my camera and is not a mark on the piece.
It will be either just to the right of center towards the bottom or slightly above center on the right side of the photo. About 10 (25.4 cm) in diameter at the rim and it sits about 1.1875 (3 cm) off the table at the rim. The item "ROYAL VIENNA PORCELAIN ASTI REFLEXION PORTRAIT PLATE 100% HAND PAINTED WAGNER" is in sale since Wednesday, December 18, 2019. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Pottery & China\China & Dinnerware\Royal Vienna". The seller is "rvhound" and is located in Middletown, Ohio.
This item can be shipped worldwide.