DESCRIPTION: This hand-painted antique Cake Plate is a classic mixture of contemporary lines and traditional fruits. The blank appears to be early Nippon or Bavaria, and is signed by the china painter, O.A. Forssman, possibly a hobbyist of the time. This piece was cherished by another and used at very special occasions…and now, the journey continues.
On white porcelain, the plate’s design features 4 repetitive clusters of vibrant fruits cut in half to show seeds; and resemble pomegranate with peaches surrounded by green leaves. Each fruit section is handpainted upon a taupe background defined with black lines. A blue geometric shape accented with gilding is between sections and accents the gilded pierced handles. The center of this cake plate is pristine white under a protective layer of shiny glaze. The plate has a 1” curve that lifts it gently off the surface at the outer edge. The result is a charming plate that will hold a lovely assortment of desserts, chocolates or appetizers, while allowing the design to surround your culinary presentation.
WHY I LIKE IT: The design is different, and an excellent choice to move between seasons with its vibrant handpainted colors. I always display desserts with seasonal plates and this one is an excellent choice to include in your personal collection of dessert or appetizer plates. Add a shiny gold or cobalt blue charger to create a moderne layered effect.
CIRCA: 1900 - 1910s. Unmarked; likely Nippon or Bavarian in origin.
Artist's Signature: O.A. Forssman (on back)
DIMENSIONS: 10-3/8” handle to handle x 9-1/2” dia x 1” high
CONDITION: Very Good to Good. No chips, cracks, crazing or repairs. Light scratches to center, and gold / black paint rubbing / loss as expected for a well-loved piece of this age; slight manufacturing anomalies (glaze pops); beautiful soft glazed sheen.
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