Here is a beautiful, long china celery dish decorated with an inviting nature scene and signed by the talented artist.
Lovely and serene, it features a hand painted pond lined with birch trees, with the scene narrowing toward a faraway mountain range. The colors in the water and sky show a sunset or sunrise. The trees feature leaves in autumn colors. This lovely scene is set off by a cream-colored border edged with gold. The dish is 14" long x 4" wide, tapering to incised gold handles at each end, a classic art deco era shape for these pieces. Signed by the artist, "MBH 1925" on the back. The mark is a slightly smudged green stamp on the unglazed bottom of the dish, a star over R S (for Reinhold Schlegelmilch) in green inside a wreath, over Germany (Kovels 75D). The mark is blurred but legible. The outer rim of the dish is glazed all around in a pale lilac luster, echoing the pastel colors in the scene. The unglazed bottom has a bit of smudging in spots; otherwise this remarkable example of the art of porcelain painting is in perfect condition.
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