"Opulent" was the best word we could think of to describe these stunning porcelain plates from the studio and manufactory of Carl Thieme.
This style is reminiscent of the Marie Antoinette and Maria Theresa plates that Thieme offered to his elite customers. If you are a collector of these fabulous pieces, then this set of eight would certainly fit into your collection!
Instead of the more common nosegay of alpine flowers in the center, there is a blue painted lattice threading with small florals amid the grids. Notice how the wide verge is almost solid gold instead of Thieme's usual lacy trailings around the inner edge of the rims!
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 luncheon plate displays individually painted botanical florals, individually hand cut piercings and meticulously hand applied gold embellishments.
The hand painted florals are permanently fused onto these plates, saucers, cups, etc. 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 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.
The Thieme company, since its inception, has continued to make every effort to ensure the training of talented painters, embossers and modelers to continue the tradition which means that even new and vintage items are made and decorated by the same standards.
It will sit beautifully on its own as a display piece or add an air of variety to an existing collection of handpainted Dresden porcelains.
We've discovered by talking with the current Thieme Manufactory representative, that a similar style of wares has not been produced since the early 1920's. When we looked in their catalogue for a similar item, there wasn't one. Based on their current pricing for hand cut piercings and painting, this would be priced in the neighborhood of $1750 or more (for EACH plate!) We are very pleased to offer it for your consideration at a fraction of that cost.
Dates to between 1901-1920.
8 Plates all same size 8 3/8" diameter (22.7 cm) Dessert or Luncheon Size
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