This is an astounding reticulated and hand painted porcelain petite platter! The cartouche (mark) shows it came from the Carl Thieme Saxony Porcelain Factory in Dresden, Germany. The reticulated areas of the rim alternated between the floral cutout sections and a lattice style cutting. VERY pretty! The rim is further enhance by a handpainted gold verge.
Although he'd been a successful antique dealer his love of porcelain lead him to establish his decorating studio in 1860 where they painted white porcelain blanks. By 1872 his company began to produce its own porcelain. Thieme decorated in the well-love patterns of Meissen, Sevres and Vienna. He employed experienced artisans who were especially skilled in the area of porcelain painting. Realistic florals and botanicals from the old masters were closely copied from arrangements in books and from Meissen. This excessively Rococo Revival styled, elaborately decorated plate displays individually painted botanical florals and meticulously hand applied gold embellishments.
The hand painted florals are permanently fused (the paints are coloured glass and melted in the kiln) onto this platter. This form of decorative art requires practice, skill, diligence and experience. The absorbent surface has to be painted with great skill because a wrong stroke of the brush is difficult to correct. The paint represents a liquid paste that has been thinned with water and a syrup-like agent until it becomes the correct consistency for the artist's brush.
To further astound the artistic senses of the viewer.....there are over 120 individually hand cut piercings on the rim!
As the finishing touch, the gold painter decorated the porcelain pieces with paint made from precious metals. The paint used was liquid polishing gold that emerged from the firing with a dull sheen which then required polishing.
We wish you could see the current Thieme catologue from Dresden. Wow! The items are still gorgeous, and although many of the styles have changed, there are a few that remain popular. They no longer offer the number of choices in this pattern, so this particular oval dish can only be had as a vintage choice. They do have a similarly styled square dish that their retail price is $500+. Now, as then, these items are painted by hand and the reticulations are cut by hand. Really, really labor intensive, but oh, so much nicer a quality than many modern offerings.
We have many more Carl Thieme pieces than we have listed. If you send us a note, we will happily send you more pictures. (It is our hope to eventually get all the pieces listed so that you can just look!). We obviously love this series and keep a sharp eye on the look out. We never know when we'll find one or several!
Condition is excellent. No wear to gold on the edge, either. No knife cuts, chips or hairlines.
9" (23cm) length.
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