This is an absolutely sensational wall plaque, measuring just under 16" in diameter. This is probably the most impressive piece of hand painted china that I have seen. The unusual theme of the plaque depicts a raging barn fire in the distance, with four escaped horses wildly running to safety. It is so very well painted that you can certainly see the terror in the eyes of the animals as they trample down the fence. You can almost hear the stampeding hooves and frantic sounds. Unlike most hand painted china pieces, this one is all motion and fury. Nothing serene or static about this scene! Notice how the distant orange blaze is reflected on the manes and tails of the horses. The colors are so rich and saturated...from the luminous orange of the blazing fire to the cool azure water in the creek. Truly a work of art! This scene is based on a painting titled "Fleeing Wallachian Horses" By Adolf Schreyer (1828-1899). To add to the impressive nature of this wall plaque, it is hand painted and artist signed WEISS. Arthur Weiss worked for Pickard studio in Chicago between 1903-1905. He is an extremely desirable and hard to find artist who is noted for his very well-rendered animals, monks, Arabs, and pastoral scenes. This very special plaque is painted on a blank from T&V Limoges, France, mark 7 (1892-1907). It is in extremely fine condition with only the most minimal, if any, wear. Truly a prized item that would deserve a special display spot for the advanced collector. *** Shipping method to be determined. Shipping cost will be based on method chosen.