Hand painted porcelain was popular from 1870's to about 1920. It was not uncommon for amateur and professional porcelain artists to select blank porcelain items, disregarding the stamp of the maker, for their "canvases". Collecting hand painted porcelain is like collecting original paintings for which there is often a practical use rather than just as a hanging on the wall!
Although unsigned, it doesn't stop this particular piece from being very lovely. It took a great deal of skill to paint this. It is very much a "painting" first and a bowl second!
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.
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.
The "gold" on this comport is located on the rippled edge of the rim. It is a soft satin finish which is quite lovely. We so often see the very shinny gold trims, this one really sets off the rippling and undulating edge of the dish.
The "blank" was produced by Philip Rosenthal & Co. Kronach, Bavaria, Germany (West Germany) between 1898-1906.
9" diameter 2" tall
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