Offered for sale is a lovely porcelain hand painted Austrian fish service including a serving platter, 11 serving plates and a matching sauce boat. (So this is effectively a service for 10 with a spare serving plate.) The serving platter has a deeply scalloped rim. Its border is decorated with a narrow green band embellished with worn gold seaweed strands painted on it. Inside the green band is a white central serving surface on which an underwater scene is painted including four brown fishing nets, one on each side, each overpainted with one swimming brown fish, and each net is separated by series of orange and green strands of waving seaweed. The serving plates each have a scalloped rim and gold embellished green band surrounding a ring of waving seaweed, and the seaweed surrounds the central white serving area. Three pairs of plates have a similar painted fish, two single plates have one fish floating in opposing directions, one plate has a fish net with two fish floating in it, another has a single fish floating against a fish net, and the final plate has a swimming snake. Each of the plates have figures floating against a narrow pale blue painted strip of water. The gold-over-green bands on these plates are in noticeably better condition than the matching band on the service platter. Presumably the platter was used more often or cleaned more harshly than the smaller plates. The matching sauce boat has a scalloped rim and gold-over-green band above encircling seaweed strands on its white outside surface, and its attached handle is painted gold-over-green fading to white. There is an overglaze brown mark on the reverse of each piece with “Rococoware / Made in Austria” in script encircling two round series of loops. This mark is much easier to see in my pictures than it is to describe. Some marks are more worn than others, but all are recognizable as being part of the same service. This mark has been dated to 1914 - 1920.
Serving Platter: 21 1/2” Wide x 10 3/4" Deep x 1 7/8” High (table to top of rim)
Serving Plates: 8” Diameter x 1” High (table to top of rim)
Sauce Boat: 8 5/8” L (pouring spout to end of handle) x 3 3/4” Wide x 3 3/4” H (spout and handle) and 2 3/4” H (body of sauce boat)
Rococoware Fish Service, Austria, early 20th C
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