Yes, it is NOT a typo - there are NINE angels and cherubs frolicking in the nighttime sky!!
Some are playing instruments like flutes, mandolin, and cymbals while others are just floating happily about.
They are so jubilant that one even escapes the boundaries of the plaque itself and seems to hang off it in mid-air!
We have had a plate with as many as 6 angels and one central adult figure, but never of just angels and never with as many as 9. This is a very, very special and rare plaque.
Marked on the reverse, it has the Volkstedt sunburst marking with the word 'Germany' below it. This dates it to the 1896-1905 time period. Well over 100 years at this point. A true antique and brilliantly achieved.
The background is a deep green and features molded features of earthly items such as trees, a water pond with reeds and cattails. All the cherubs float above that. The border is (as we prefer them to be) very 'baroque' with multitudes of scrolly points. Seen from the side (we have two additional photos of those views that we were unable to add as we can only show 9 views plus the first image at most).
It measures a very large 11 1/2" x 8 1/2" and is 1 1/2" deep!!
We did our best to take photos that allow you to see the fine, Meissen-like quality of the little faces. All fingers and toes are present and accounted for!
We rate the condition of this plaque to be excellent in spite of the one chipped point on the bottom rim (see approx. 5 o'clock position - there are two photos - one where you can see that you can't see it and two with a black star near it to make sure you see which area we are referring to.
We rarely would rate anything as excellent with a damage, but the fact that this plaque is 100% viewable when hung in position without any noticeable defect and that it is so rare with the 9 angels/cherubs pushes it up into that category. We feel that if this plaque was perfect we would have no problem whatsoever expecting to receive at least $1,000.00 for it.
Interesting to note is that plaques like this one are often mistaken for Wedgwood jasper ware. These plaques were made to emulate the Wedgwood ones. Because many of the best Volkstedt ones feature flowing cherubs and female figures, they are considered by many to be more beautiful than Wedgwood's which tend to be more classic and rigid in subject matter.