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. The lovely outdoor scene portrays a young lady playing the rather unusual hornpipe instrument. She is adorned in a long pastel yellow dress, white puff sleeves and brown collar, Her large wide brimmed brown hat is decorated with soft pink rose blossoms and several white/gray feather plumes from which underneath peeks her golden blond curls. Beside her is lying a large brown umbrella in case the weather turns misty. She is standing on a rather barren cliff overlooking the sea while holding the hornpipe with both hands. Almost hidden in the brown foliage at her feet are the initials of the artist "E.W.B." The wide border of the gently scalloped plate is a gorgeous cobalt blue decorated with a wonderful gold scroll motif and gold trimmed edge.
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. There are no cracks, chips or repairs.