This example is a porcelain plate with ornate gold stenciling and a central decoration of a pair of pheasants on the ground.
This plate is back marked with, "S, T, W" over Bavaria Germany in a shield style mark. Next to this is a beehive shaped mark stamped in blue to mimic the hand painted mark of the Imperial and Royal Porcelain Manufactory, Vienna, commonly referred to as Royal Vienna. But, the plate was not produced by Royal Vienna. The marks seen are only intended to give the impression of a prestigious maker, as well as grant the plate the semblance of age.
This deceptive item is one of a matching set of decorated plates with game bird motifs imported and sold for several years by a wholesale company that specializes in reproductions of antiques and collectibles. The series of four plates to which it belonged is pictured in that wholesaler's 1974 catalog. They were available in different colored glazes. Also see listing #2007RP00027 for another plate in the series with a slightly different central motif and in a blue glaze that bears the same mark. An image of that plate's mark has been included in this listing as the actual mark on the plate in this listing is blurred.
The U.S. importer of this plate requested it be back-stamped with this mark as the mark was specifically created to look old. This allows the item on which it is placed to later easily be confused for an antique. This mark won't be found in books covering maker's marks for antiques because it is a contemporary back-stamp.
At one time this piece also carried a paper label that would have easily identified it as new. That label, of course, was removed, probably not long after purchase. These types of items can be particularly troublesome because they closely mimic a highly collectible and fairly scarce type of item which many buyers may have see pictured in books, but which they have never personally handled.
The plate is well made and decorated and this is one of those times when looking at the mark is the best way to know it for what it really is - a contemporary fake - not an antique porcelain item.
This plate is approximately 11 1/2 inches in diameter.
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