ROYAL VIENNA PORCELAIN PRINCESS LAMBALLE PORTRAIT CABINET PLATE ALL HAND PAINTED. A gorgeous and fine Royal Vienna style portrait cabinet plate which is 100% hand painted. The painting on this plate is a very well executed portrait of a lovely young woman in 18. Century dress done by a very talented artist.
She is dressed in a multicolored gown and wears blue colored ribbons and her hair is adorned with pink roses. The cream-colored border on this plate is 100% hand decorated with a heavy laurel leaf gold border on the outer edge and enhanced with gold garlands and enamel beads or dots. This plate has been in my personal collection since the year 2000. The artist who painted the portrait on this plate has taken certain liberties with the portrait from the original.
This particular portrait is of Marie Therese Louise of Savoy, Princesse de Lamballe who was a popular figure in 18. Century France and a confidante of Queen Marie Antoinette, but was killed during the French Revolution. The plate is artist signed on the front just to the right of the subjects left shoulder and at the edge of the gold border.
The signature is very dark on a very dark background and difficult to even see without a loupe see the last photo for a close-up of this. The signature appears to me to read Wagner but the last three letters in the signature are not clear. On the obverse the plate has a blue hand-painted overglaze Beehive mark, the hand-painted name Lamballe (the subject of the portrait) and a red stamp that reads G. (this is probably the importer or retailer who originally ordered the plate).There are also faint impressed marks underglaze in the porcelain I can make out the number 24 (probably the size of the plate in centimeters) and another mark that is illegible; probably the mark of the maker of the porcelain plate. 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 paragraphs. 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 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 and the gold beading are in near mint condition with only some very minor loss; I see only three missing beads on the wide border around the portrait and one in the laurel leaf band at the rim.I see only some light signs of use to the gold on the rim, except at the bottom where the plate rests when standing, the gold ids worn through there. The plate rings like a bell when I tap it anywhere on the rim with my fingernail. I also examined the plate thoroughly front and 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 9.8125 (24.9 cm) in diameter at the rim and it sits about 1.125 (3.2 cm) off the table at the rim. About 1 pound 2.625 ounces (530 grams). The item "ROYAL VIENNA PORCELAIN PRINCESS LAMBALLE PORTRAIT CABINET PLATE ALL HAND PAINTED" is in sale since Tuesday, October 9, 2018.
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.