This is a set of six German hard paste porcelain 8 ¼” plates that are exceptionally well hand painted by an artist, though unsigned. The maker is Royal Porcelain Manufactory and State’s Porcelain Manufactory Nymphenburg, known as Nymphenburg. The date is circa 1895 to the early 1900s. This German maker is known to artist paint all of their production.
Each plate is artist painted with a different fruit. The painting is extremely well done, quite professional, and it appears the fruit can be plucked right off the plate.
The porcelain and glazing on each plate is of the same quality as Meissen, very high end.
The plates are coupe, meaning there is no rim. Where the rim would be are reticulated holes, accented in gold trim. The edges are slightly scalloped, with a band of green glaze and gold trim. At five intervals around each plate the green glaze and gold accents a larger reticulated hole.
In the first photo, I show all six plates in two rows of three plates. Going along the top row the first plate shows a beautiful ripe pear on a branch with blossoms and leaves; the second plate shows luscious ripe purple blackberries on thorny vines with blossoms and leaves; the third plate shows amazing green grapes that are vivid they appear to be edible. Along the second row, the first plate shows a ripe yellow and red apple on a branch with blossoms and leaves; the second plate shows a pair of purple prunes or plums on a branch with blossoms and leaves; the third plate shows what looks like Asian pears, but may be yellow apples, with blossoms and leaves.
The first plate with the pear has a repaired edge chip that I show in a close-up in the last photo, at the bottom. There are no other chips, nicks, cracks or crazing.
The only other thing I know is the estate made a claim that these plates won a World’s Fair. I have no way to verify this claim as there is no provenance, however the quality of these plates is so exceptional I can see why the estate made the claim.
The blurry blue mark is a crown over a coat of arms followed by Nymphenburg. In addition most of the plates have a hand enameled Roman Numeral number of XVIII. There is another string of hand enameled letters/numbers that appear to be 543XXII. There is an impressed mark that may be a crown. The numbers correspond to a model number and size code.
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