Having a lovely and unusual shape, this jasperware plaque features a lounging lady with cupid and a violin-playing angel in a garden. The garden features a dolphin-footed fountain with a bird imbibing from it and the lady who apparently was reading has her arm resting on a carved stone bench or table with a winged griffin. Clearly she is pondering 'love' and her companions answered the call!
The cartouche shaped border is enhanced with whiplash type decoration.
It is in excellent condition and measures 8 1/4" x 5". It has two holes on the top edge for stringing a hanger. The color is a deep green.
The rather remarkable thing about this plaque is the impressed markings along that top edge. They are the W.G. Crown Mark which is a very early William Goebel marking. Because of the stamped 'Germany' mark on the reverse we think this dates from 1895. That mark was used from about 1893 to 1905. So, thus far we have actually had marked examples from Volkstedt, Rudolstadt, Schafer & Vater, and now Goebel from Germany. Most others of this type are Japanese copies.
The mark alone makes this quite rare and desireable and valuable to a serious collector. We are proud to offer it to you here.