We can say without a doubt that this is one of the finest Hand Painted Charger plates that we have ever come across. The naturalistic style of the plump Cherries and their foliage is absolutely perfect in detail. The three-dimensional nature and overall composition is fantastic and the full palette of colors are rich and bold, with the cherries appearing to practically burst with flavor. The shadow effects throughout the art work are equally impressive. The heavily gilded Roman Coin Gold scalloped edge of the charger adds an element of beauty to the plate as well. This plate was fired with a high gloss Glass overglazed ensuring that the artwork will never fade. Although unsigned, this piece is a Masterpiece Still Life obviously painted by a very skilled late 19th Century Victorian Porcelain China artist, most likely a professional decorator!
This piece, in particular, is so stunning and perfect that one immediately thinks – this must be a transfer! But in our opinion it is not. The tiny irregularities, variability and nuances of color, shading and design are not normally found in pieces that are decorated with transfers. The artist's touch is most noticeable in areas of subtle shading, for example where the cherries or leaves go from a lighter to darker color. We think that this painter used a soft brush to apply a diluted glaze creating a `watercolor-like' effect making the smooth brush stroke almost impossible to discern. In fact, this particular piece has an overglaze which was common only for hand painted pieces. Using a glaze, the surface of the porcelain is slick with an all-over glassy look and smooth to the touch, making it difficult to feel raised brushstrokes. If the decoration was a transfer print the pattern would be very regular, an outline or border would be noticeable, and in some cases a wrinkle or buckle of the transfer on such a large piece would most likely be evident. You would also most likely find a pattern of raised dots (stippling), rather than smooth brush strokes.
I think it is interesting to note that there are many beautiful pieces that are decorated solely with transfers and that Hand-painted items are not in and of themselves more valuable. Our standpoint is that regardless of the source of decoration, each piece should be judged on its own artistic merit. Nevertheless, hand painted pieces, especially done as well as this one, usually have higher value than pieces that are decorated by transfers. You can be assured that you will not find another exquisite hand painted piece like this one equal in value!
Size: 12 1/2"
Marked: Tressemann and Vogt ca1905
Condition: Excellent. No Chips, Cracks or Restorations.
[For references see:Mary Gaston's Encyclopedia of Limoges China; Marks on German, Bohemian, & Austrian Porcelain 1710-present; Collector's Encyclopedia of Pickard China] 12 ½" cherry charger t&V
Item ID: rtk-793
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