The theme is romance and music. The maker is Schafer & Vater of Germany. The frames are Florentine gilt. And the pair of these old Jasperware plaques are just fantastic. We sometimes see these offered individually but never paired up and framed in such a striking way.
The plaque color is pale olive green with white. One plaque features a minstrel playing a lute or banjo to a young woman. The other shows a woman playing a guitar type instrument to a man (he looks similar to the man in the other plaque). Each plaque has wavy scroll work around its edge
The plaques measure about 5 1/4 by 6 1/4 inches. Each is set in a gilded Florentine wood recessed frame that measures 9 3/4 by 11 1/2 inches by 2 inches deep. It appears that the plaques were framed quite a while ago and were taped around the back for reinforcement though it looks like the tape isn't needed for any purpose. The old sticky tape should probably be removed but we leave it to buyer or a professional framer.
The only possible flaws to the plaques include a piece at the very bottom which on one plaque is an enclosed circle and in the other (the girl playing) has an open circle...it might be chipped. That same plaque has a glossy spot to left of the man. Slight soil under magnification...looks like something that would clean off though we're not going to open these up to try. It's not a big distraction to the overall pieces.
The frames are both in very good condition with minimal edge wear. These are quite old and hanging on the wall, make for a dramatic pairing.
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