Hand decorated porcelain is beautiful no matter if executed in a factory decorating department, professional studio or home studio environment. The end result is what really matters.
This wonderful hand painted portrait plate, circa 1890-1900, was expertly created in a home studio environment, or perhaps a professional studio. Unfortunately there is no artist signature or studio back-stamp. The portrait is of a lad from the German or Swiss geographic area. His handsome youthful face, blue eyes and reddish lips is surrounded by thick, brown, curly hair peeking out from under his Bavarian style hat with feather adornment. His collarless jacket covers a white peasant undershirt. The wide, gently scalloped border of the plate is a gorgeous dark cobalt blue decorated with heavy white enamel scrolls and beads. The plate measures 8 1/2'" across and is stamped in green "JP over L" for the Jean Pouyat Porcelain Company established in the mid 1800's, Though worn, "France" is shown in red. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; there is some minor flaking on the white enamel scroll work. This is difficult to see and really does not affect the beauty of this piece.