I have for sale a pair of extraordinary French hard paste porcelain wall plaques, made in the region of Paris, and dating to circa 1890 to 1900. Each plaque has a figural group on it. The maker is unknown.
The plaques are 14” high and 12” wide, with a metal holder at the top to hang on the wall.
The estate took good care of the plaques. Be sure to look at the photos closely and zoom in to see the details.
Each figural group is a young man and a young woman, dressed in flowing garments of pink and white and raised gold. The figurine group on the left has a cherub, arm outstretched, holding a seashell.
The sides of the plaques have porcelain in the form of ribbons. There is a lot of white beading and raised gold beading. Most of the color is a blush pink.
The undersides are bisque, or unglazed. One plaque has an impressed number. There are the faint scrawls of an artisan, too faint to photograph or make out.
The detail on the figurines is amazing. Look closely at the hands and feet to see what I mean.
There is only very minor damage for pieces this old. The plaque on the left, the female’s right hand holds something, and the top edge has broken off. The male’s right foot, one toe has a scrape on it. There are a few missing beads. That is it. No chips, nicks or cracks.