ROYAL VIENNA PORCELAIN STIELER ALEXANDRA AMALIE PORTRAIT PLATE 100% HAND PAINTED. A gorgeous and fine Royal Vienna style portrait cabinet plate which is 100% hand painted, including the border and has an attractive scalloped edge. The painting on this plate is an extremely well executed portrait of a lovely dark-haired young woman in a pale pink gown with leaves of ivy in her hair. This one is done by a very talented artist as she is about as close to photographic realism as you can get. I have owned many of these plates over the years and this is one of the better painted ones I have seen; in my opinion, it is a better quality of painting than many of the Wagner signed plates I have owned.The quality and artistry of this plate rivals any of those Royal Vienna style plates artist signed Wagner although I do not see any artists signature on this one. The cobalt blue border on this plate is covered with lavish gold, all of which is hand painted. There is some interesting information on this studio on the antiqforum website under the Royal Vienna Library heading. The portrait featured on this plate is taken from one originally painted circa 1845 by Joseph Karl Stieler. He was appointed court painter in 1820 by King Ludwig I of Bavaria and then commissioned by the King to paint portraits of the most beautiful women of the kingdom.
Today there are 36 portraits of these beautiful women hanging in the Nymphenburg Palace in Munich, Germany, all painted between 1827 and 1850. This particular portrait is of Alexandra Amalie of Bavaria.
The obverse the plate has a blue underglaze beehive mark and I find no other markings on the plate, impressed or otherwise. 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. 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 see a bit of wear to the rim where the plate rests when stood up for display and to the design on the border of the plate) 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 9.375 (23.8 cm) in diameter at the rim and it sits about. 875 (2.2 cm) off the table at the rim. About 1 pound 2.125 ounces (512 grams). The item "ROYAL VIENNA PORCELAIN STIELER ALEXANDRA AMALIE PORTRAIT PLATE 100% HAND PAINTED" 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.