This 6 7/8" plate is in Excellent condition. No wear noted to the gold and no chips or nicks. The plate is hand painted with the artists initials B. S. on the back. The background is a muted misty blue with hints of green and pink. The beautiful pink floral pattern resembles wild roses, cherry blossoms, or apple blossoms.
Marked with the Lion Crest mark for Bohemia Ceramic Works, this lovely porcelain plate carries their mark with Czecho-slovakia spelled "Czecho-slowakia". Research indicates that Bohemia Ceramic Works used this mark with both spellings; Czechoslovakia hyphenated and with a "v" as well as hyphenated and with a "w". The general consensus seems to be that the "w" spelling as is shown on the back of this plate is a German spelling of Czechoslovakia.
It seems that this mark was used around the WWII era but I have not found official dates for the mark. Some information claims the "w" in "Czecho-slowakia" indicates an older piece but that cannot be verified. Bohemia Ceramic was founded in 1921 and closed in 1945. Because they worked in partnership with Rosenthal until the late 1930's, many of the Bohemian and Bavarian pieces carry similar traits.
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