In pristine (mint) condition, this plaque has been tenderly taken care of for over 100 years! It is clean, crisp, defect free. It even has a never-before seen feature!
We believe the tale behind this is the myth of Artemis (aka Diana) and her nymphs pursuing Actaeon after he witnesses them bathing naked. Artemis has him changed into a stag and then hunts him down with her dogs. Besides this plaque being literally crowded with figures (7 semi-bare breasted women plus 2 dogs) each is beautifully rendered and every finger and tendril is perfect. The never-before seen feature is the metal spear shown in the upper middle area held by one of the women. We do think it is originally to the piece and because it can slip in or out, it is possible that it is so easily lost that we've never found one in place before. We have had this Volkstedt plaque at least half a dozen times before but this one is the crispest and cleanest we have found. That it is also in mint condition is fabulous!
This plaque measures 13" wide x 10" high (not counting the hanging ring). That hanging ring is one of the identifiers of Volkstedt pieces. We've never found a signed Volkstedt piece without one but we have had many, many plaques without one.
It is also nteresting to note 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. Many of our customers agree!
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