This is one of the more unique plaques I have had the pleasure to handle.
The size is quite wonderful because just about everyone can find a sliver of wall somewhere in there home that this would be perfect for! Framed it measures 14" tall x 6" wide.
The plaque is dark olive green jasperware with the diaphanously clad figure of a long-haired beauty playing a lyre. She seems to be floating as she is higher than her little angelic violin-playing playmate of a putto who is perched on a tree limb. A "heavenly" serenade?
As with other plaques of Volkstedt, Germany this one is very three dimensional with the woman's head and the putto's arm fully raised from the surface of the plaque. The dark olive green background has lovely foliage and tree branches.
The plaque is firmly attached on the reverse to the frame. Very firmly attached. In fact, there are 5 nails that go through the plaque's rim directly into the wooden frame. As you will see in the photos of the back side, pieces of paper were used to shim the gaps so that the plaque remains firmly set into place. We have never seen a jasperware plaque mounted in this fashion. We assume it was manufactured to receive the pins/nails.
Fortunately, the frame is a perfect compliment to the plaque itself. The outermost and innermost borders are a natural color light wood while the widest border has been painted a dark olive green to match the background color of the plaque itself. In between the green border and slimmest innermost edge, is a white, flat-beaded edging.
The plaque is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or repairs. The frame shows the most minor or age wear. It has a secure hanging hook on the top back of the frame. Since photographing it, I have had a frame shop resecure the plaque in the frame and they put on a new paper backing. It looks like new!
Unlike the other antique Volkstedt plaques we have handled this one is unmarked. Our experience strongly leans towards its being Volkstedt, Germany, but due to the lack of a hallmark it is uncertain.
We guesstimate the age as ca. 1920s-30s.
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