With a deep, crisp mold, this Art Nouveau period (1890-1914) features a lovely profile of a beautiful woman.
Typical of Art Nouveau subjects, she is surrounded by naturalistic forms - in this case a plethora of blue irises!
Her skin has been glazed to resemble a rich brown color - probably to simulate the color of bronze. Her hair is a caramel color. The many irises are in shades of mottled blue. The background color is a deep olive green.
The condition is absolutely fabulous in that it has survived without a single chip. Most of these pieces are found with significant losses and chips. Here there are only a few surface rubs to the semi-matte glazed surfaces. It appears to us that the flowers especially where done in a mottled manner with blue and gray being the dominant colors. In some areas, the gray is lighter which may indicate rubs vs intentional glaze deposits. They are almost always on a high spot. All is accurately depicted in the several photos provided. Without a chip, we cannot know for sure if this is porcelain or earthenware as Wahliss produced both.
It is hallmarked on the reverse as shown with an impressed mark on three lines that says, "Made in Austria", "Ernst Wahliss", "Turn-Wien".
For a bit of history...Ernst Wahliss was a merchant who become one of the foremost retailers in Vienna, Austria. By 1894 he purchased the Alfred Stellmacher factory in Turn-Teplitz. He began to produce decorative ceramics under his own name. By 1907 his son Gerhard Martin Wahliss took over the factory.
Please note that we have another Art Nouveau plaque of about the same size with a similar theme that you might find interesting as well. It is listed separately under item #twt3679 (if still available). Both were purchased from a collector of fine Art Nouveau pottery - especially Wahliss and Stellmacher.
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