This large Italian porcelain plaque has been made in the form of an ovoid domed shield and features highly detailed relief decoration which has been meticulously hand painted.
The central image on the shield depicts an outdoor battle scene with two groups of combatants on horseback along with one man on foot defending a fallen comrade. The scene is bordered with gilt foliate bands along with cartouches featuring military symbols including armor, spears, shields and helmets. The military images are interspersed with groupings of colorful fruit and flowers in relief. In addition, there are large horned mask heads depicting male and female figures above and below the scene, which are themselves flanked by crouching nudes. The outer portion of the shield bears a series of raised dots and repeating half-circles while the rim of the shield is finished with a thick gilt band. This striking piece is unusually well decorated - be sure to use the zoom feature on the photographs to better appreciate the exquisite hand painted detail.
The porcelain shield has been housed in a wood frame covered with red velvet. The back of the piece bears a sturdy black wood-like material with a small area left open to reveal the underglaze cobalt blue mark on the back of the plaque. The back of the item is wired across the upper portion to make the piece ready to hang on a wall.
The shield is in good antique condition with no visible chips or cracks. The red velvet covering shows extensive signs of age with large areas of missing nap. The velvet nap may shed in transit but is expected to be stable when hung. As evidenced by the accompanying photographs, the plaque displays beautifully and has a great authentic antique vibe which is enhanced by the aged and worn condition of the velvet covered frame.
The framed artwork is quite a large piece, measuring 28.5" by 21" across its widest parts. The plaque itself is 23" by 16.5". As seen in photo 4, the back of the plaque is marked with a blue crown immediately over a Neopolitan "N". It is important to note that this piece is not an example of 17th century Capodimonte from the Naples Royal Factory but is a more recent item dating to the late19th/early 20th century. The framed shield is substantial and has a weight of 15 lbs 10 oz.
This gorgeous Italian porcelain shield is a statement piece sure to be noticed wherever it is displayed. An outstanding and highly decorative antique find!
Large Antique Capodimonte Hand Painted Porcelain Shield with Red Velvet Border