Wow! What an astonishingly RARE find!
This pair of plaques is about as rare as it gets. Clearly meant to be together we think they are representing the myth of Artemis (aka Diana) and her nymphs pursuing Actaeon after he witnesses them bathing (plaque on top) . Artemis has him changed into a stag and then hunts him down with her dogs (plaque on bottom).
Over the years we have had one or the other of these plaques several times - most often in in dark green with white figures and occasionally on this mint green with white figures. Never have we seen them on mint green with all the characters tinted in sepia tones and finished with burnished gold accents. Here, one of the plaques bears the Volkstedt 19th Century blue starburst mark (the other does not). No matter though, as these are clearly a pair. Both have the typical, heavy Volkstedt hanging ring. (some photos make the figures look pink, but the skin tone is soft white with pinkish sepia accents everywhere else - no pink on the bodies).
Please keep in mind that in over 20 years of trading in these plaques. we have only had the pair together one other time, and never one (let alone the pair) decorated in this manner.
They are large and very three dimensional. All elements are intact including each tiny protruding fingertip! EXCELLENT condition.
Each measures 13" wide x 10" (not counting the hanging ring).
Because we do not want to handle these any more than necessary we have chosen not to give them a bath. There is a light layer of dust on both. Also more pictures are available upon request as we are only able to load up to 9 photos here. Please email with specific request for additional photos.
Also please note that these types of plaques are often mistaken for Wedgwood, however, jasper ware plaques like this were made to emulate Wedgwood jasper ware. 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! It doesn't hurt that they are more attainable as they are generally less expensive!
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