This outstanding 19th century hand painted fine porcelain plate was made by English pottery Minton, founded in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire in 1793. Minton originally produced earthenware and shifted its focus to bone china after founder Thomas Minton entered into partnership with porcelain manufacturer, Joseph Poulson. Minton's quickly established a reputation for producing well designed, high quality pieces, and carved out a place at the upper end of the range of the Victorian marketplace.
The face of this Mintons plate features an unusual courting scene set outdoors which has been beautifully executed by highly regarded French artist, Antonin Boullemier. Boullemier has chosen to depict the young couple from the back, giving the impression that the viewer is privy to an intimate moment - perhaps a proposal - taking place between them.
The dark haired gentleman is dressed in period clothing consisting of a gold jacket and breeches over cream stockings. He grasps the left hand of the young lady in his right and holds his blue cloak draped over his left shoulder while his right foot rests upon a low stone wall - a threshold of sorts. The young blond woman wears a beribboned hat accented with white feathers and is attired in a white gown with pink trim at the neck as well as at her lace trimmed sleeves. The young lady stands with her face in profile and her right hand behind her back as if considering what the young man has said. The appealing composition helps to make this fabulous plate a stand out.
The painted scene at the center is encircled by a raised gilt band bordered in pink. There is another decorative raised gilt band made up of a series of scrolls at the shoulder. The shoulder itself has an elaborate reticulated pattern with a lattice motif along with large floral groupings and symmetrical foliate accents, all of which are highlighted with gilt. The scalloped rim of the plate is also finished in a thick gilt band.
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The plate is in excellent original condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. The image bears the artist signature A. Boullemier at the lower right. The back of the plate is stamped with the Mintons gilt crowned globe mark used from 1873 to 1890. It is also impressed "MINTONS" and bears the date cypher for 1883 along with other impressed marks and the Roman numeral "V" hand lettered in red. The plate measures 10.5" in diameter.
This highly collectible plate is in wonderful condition and displays beautifully. It would make a terrific addition to an existing collection of antique English porcelain cabinet plates, or works well as a stand alone decorative accent. A stunning antique find!
Rare Antique Mintons Antonin Boullemier Hand Painted Reticulated Plate with Gilt Crowned Globe Mark