This large and bountiful serving bowl was entirely made by hand and painted by hand as well. It dates from the 1950’s and was made at the Zwiebelmuster Plant in Czechoslovakia. Translated, Zwiebelmuster means ‘onion pattern’, in German. It is china of a high grade quality and molded by hand. This china has strength derived from quartz mineral. The fabulous white color comes from kaolin. Its sturdiness comes from heating it at 1400 Centigrade.
This bowl was designed with functionality in mind ,to hold and serve three bowls for side dishes. This saves space at the table and makes serving a lot easier.
Measurements are 13” x 11-1/2” x 4-3/4”. Two bowl sections each measure 7” at the widest, while the larger bowl section is 8-1/2”. Scalloped or ruffled edged bowl features the onion pattern in blue, painted within each section, with what is termed as an inglazing’ decoration. The handle itself is a work of art- the ‘tail’ that drapes onto the bowls resembles a gracefully flared tail of a mermaid or fish. It is very pretty. Going upwards from this tail is what could be depicted as a tail of some sort of bird, perhaps a duck. This has been placed here by no accident, as it prevents the hand from sliding and assures a firm grip while carrying such a large piece.
There are no chips or cracks, but there is a tiny dark unglazed blemish near the bottom of the largest bowl. This is shown in the last photo. It’s hard to notice that it is not glazed, but when it is gently rubbed with a finger, it is not quite as smooth. Condition would be excellent, if not for the blemish. I have reduced the price considerably.
Bottom is marked in blue – CZECHOSLOVAKIA ORIGINAL ZWIEBELMUSTER GENUINE ONION PATTERN XXX. This is a most impressive piece to be displayed or to use.