This is a very special German jasperware plaque depicted 8 cherubic boys cavorting in a 3-D bacchanalian scene.
Putti, which are charming baby boy figures, are often used as devices in art to express certain life forces, emotions, sensations, or spirits. As is in this piece, they were frequently part of a Bacchanal where there is a busy and active scene. Here, the charming boys partake of the grape and cavort in wild abandon - drinking in excess and displaying the physical effects of wine as shown in the expressions and postures of the reclining and crawling figures! Sometimes referred to as the "Dance of Bacchus".
As is often typical of the best of the Volkstedt plaques, the scene is portrayed within a cartouche-like framework with scrolls and curlicues. The hanging ring is of a type only found on the Volkstedt and sometimes Rudolstadt plaques.
As you will see in the last photograph, there are no maker's marks displayed on the reverse, however, there is an impressed number on the edge near the hanging ring. The spots on the back are pour holes. Our experience with German plaques of this type allow us to make the attribution of it being from Germany and most likely from the 'Aelteste Volkstedter Porzellanmanufaktur' in Volkstedt.
This plaque is in extraordinarily good condition. There are no damages. It measures 13 5/8" x 8". It dates from the late 1800's to early 1900's.
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