This 10 1/4" diameter plaque is truly the best of its kind. AND...there's more...it's mate is listed separately!
This one (of the two plaques) is in minty condition with no chips, cracks, damages of any sort. That such a piece survived over 100 years without a problem is certainly testimony to how well it was cherished and protected.
We attribute the maker of this plaque to Volkstedt, ca. 1900. Similar pieces occasionally appear on the open market and these are very much like plaques sold through Christie's a few years ago. Those were unmarked as well but attributed to Volkstedt. It is without doubt that they were designed and fabricated by a masterful porcelain maker from Germany.
This plaque depicts a couple making sweet music in the countryside. He is shown holding bagpipes while on her lap is a book of music and alongside, her stringed instrument. The details are beautiful - from their delicate, graceful, and perfect fingertips to the decoration on their clothing. It is very, very complex and 3-dimensional. It is in a matte finish. The color palette is vibrant pastel shades.
As previously stated, it is 10 1/4" in diameter. It is 3" deep (!!!). It has the typical Volkstedt style heavy duty hanging ring which adds 1". On the upper edge near the hanging ring is an impressed number '17'. The back is not shown (we can only upload 9 photos) and it is plain white with no other identifying marks.
Don't forget to look for the other listing which shows the same couple in an even more amorous pose!
We can only load 9 photos but we do have one available showing both plaques in one view. Email if you wish to see them together.