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Extraordinary Volkstedt Jasperware Planter Same as Plaque with Sepia and Gold
This Volkstedt planter, ca. early 1890s, is truly remarkable. The 3-dimensional, bas relief figures includes angels, a dolphin (sea creature), a beautiful semi-nude, an ornate baroque rim and much more.
Please compare this to item #twt3253 which is exactly the same image but in a plaque form!
The planter has several unique features not found on the wall plaque. The relief figures are all done in sepia tones and there are gold highlights everywhere. The gold choker on the woman's neck is not painted on - it actually feels like a metal chain!
Here, as the woman rides the waves lying in a shell boat, a dolphin propels her forward while an angel strews flowers ahead of her. The beautiful woman's breasts are bear and her diaphonously draped bottom half floats around her as does a long piece of the fabric which she waves above her. This and the roiling, foaming waves help to create the feeling of movement and makes this particular composition very appealing and dynamic.
Remarkable that every facet has survived in such fine condition for at least 120 years! On the base is the Volkstedt mark (without the word 'Germany' in blue which indicates an early date). Additionally, there are impressed numbers 7680, 17, and 29.
The planter 9 1/2" wide x 5" high x 4" deep.
The color is a pale green (not as pale as the plaque #twt3153). It actually has a slightly bluish-green cast to it.
The condition is very, very good, but it is not mint. In actuality there are 3 small chips - all on the edges - none on the scenic areas. Two are so tiny that we did not single them out. The enlarged photo with the black star shows the largest chip which when viewed head on to the front, you will not see it!! If it this piece did not have these small flaws we would have had to price it higher than the plaque because of its relative rareity. Fortunately for you, it can be acquired for less!
NOTE: If you like this planter then you will probably like the matching (!!) plaque mentioned above. Although the plaque is very, very fine, the planter is very, very rare! And...as a functional as well as decorative piece, and because the planter has some very rare elements (sepia tone, gold trim) you might well find a home for it also!!
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