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I bought this pair thinking I'd hang them or display them at home and they're still sitting here a couple of years later. I think they need to find another home. The pair are exceptionally fine, must have been from a truly exceptional set. I can't quite make out the mark, but I think I have it as a mid-1800s Minton mark. You see what you think, and please correct me if I'm wrong. But they're certainly the fine quality we know from Minton in mid-1800s, so many of which were hand painted by fine artists who should certainly have signed the works, yet this pair do not have plate decorator's signature other than the red mark on back. Experts? Meanwhile, aren't they just gorgeous? I had in mind to hang just above a pair of bracket shelves that flank our 8,5' tall antique bar in keeping room. But then I decided to hang Black Forest carved plaques instead. And then they sold. And then the bracket shelves sold. Such is the life of an antique dealer. But I digress. The set of plates is stunning - wonderful for cabinet or wall display.
Very good to excellent, they do not have any damage I can see. No chips, no hairlines or cracks and no scraping on paintings or cobalt framework, and very little if any loss to the raised hand applied gold enamel work, too. A superb set of decorative plates. They are each 8.75" in diameter.
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Pair (2) Antique c1860s Minton Hand Painted Game Plates, Raised Gold Enamel & Cobalt
San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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