A pair of hand painted porcelain plates by Fischer & Mieg manufacturer, of Pirkenhammer, Bohemia ( now known as Czech Brazova). The company history goes back 215 years. It was first established in the year 1803 by Friedrich Holke and Johann Gotlob List. Family ownership evolved over the next fifty years ending with the company name as Fischer & Mieg, named for the men Johann Martin Fischer and Ludwig Von Mieg.
The art work depicts period fishing boats and presumably Bohemian fishermen on a water scene. The colors are a range of earthy browns and greens with blue waters, also details for the sky clouds and mountainous background. They have scalloped rims and gold painted trim for the rim edges.
The Fischer & Mieg company F & M impressed mark was used from 1853 until 1918. The company marks on the backs of the plates were lightly impressed as "F & M". This was typical for many of them. I have outlined them on the photographs to assist visually. Both plates also have a number. This was not always done as each number was applied one at a time.
For the plate with people on the boat the mark reads F & M with a small 1 and a larger 2 applied separately.
For the other plate the mark is stronger as F & M and the numbers 7 and 1. The last number appears to be a smaller number 3.
Condition: The art work is in wonderful condition. There is no damage and the colors are still strong. The porcelain glazing is also still very good. The foot rests on the undersides have normal shelf wear. The porcelain has no chips, cracks, crackling or any discolorations. The gold paint for the rim edges have minimal wear.
The combined weight for both plates is 1.0 Lb. 3.0 Oz. They are 8.0" diameter.
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