Here's an unusual piece of historic porcelain. It is a bisque plaque manufactured by the Meissen porcelain factory.
After World War II, Meissen (which is located just out side of Dresden) ended up in the Soviet sector, which eventually became East Germany. The porcelain works kept open, as property of "The People", and turned out items to support Socialist ideals, such as this one.
This plaque pictures Ernst Thalmann, a Communist leader in Germany in the early 20th century. After Hitler's rise to power, he was jailed. He spent eleven years in prison awaiting trial, but was instead transferred to Buchenwald concentration camp, where he was shot on Hitler's orders.
In the DDR, he was seen as a Communist martyr. The plaque was made around 1955, when there was an Anti-Fascist movement in East Germany.
The text on the front of the plaque reads, " The dead admonish: / no more fascism, ever". The back reads, "His life and work served the purpose of Socialism and peace".
I have run this piece by a German porcelain expert and he agrees that it is genuine Meissen. The porcelain is very fine and of an extremely high quality.
The plaque is 5.75" in diameter.
Marked on the back with the crossed swords mark, which is mold cast. This piece is in its original red presentation box, which like so many things manufactured during the Communist era, is not well made. The box is covered in paper printed to simulate leather.
Condition is as new. The plaque has no wear, damage or soiling. The box is in excellent condition, with a little wear, some fraying a the corners, and one 0.25" tear on the bottom.
This is a rare and unusual piece, from an era that a Meissen collector should have at least a representative example of.
Item ID: 1393