This lovely lidded (and footed!) porcelain box with its luxurious hand painted alpine flowers and gold gilt testifies to the continuing popularity and desireability of decorative porcelain items from the Thieme factory in Dresden, Saxony, Germany.
This lidded candy dish is in their current catalogue and is priced there at $1741.00 (US)! This reminds us of how skilled are the hands of the artists who apply the delicate decorations and also of the amount of skill, care and of the time it takes to take such an amazing item from wet clays to its final resting place on a table.
Thieme then, and now, decorate 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 box displays individually painted botanical florals and meticulously hand applied gold embellishments.
The hand painted florals are permanently fused onto 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.
As the finishing touch, the gold painter decorates 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.
There are no chips, flakes, cracks or hairlines............. but we've very carefully gone over the decorated surface and found a few areas where the gold has "skipped" during the factory kiln firing. This item is not old enough to have true wear and these few spots are not in areas that normally wear. If you examine the lid, you will see small areas where the gold is simply not as dark or solid. There is also a spot on an "inner ankle" where the gold simply did not stick during the firing process. The floral decorations and gold design work are SO opulently applied all over, that you can rest assured this is not visible unless you go looking for it! The finial, by the way, is NOT worn thus all its gold gilt is strong and brilliant.
The footed base is not "one piece" as lesser companys offer, but two pieces which are attached by a metal bolt and screw system within the column. (see picture)
The base is sits squarely on the table without rocking.and its sqat form keeps it from being top heavy.....just right to store real candies to tempt the curious while they enjoy the "eye candy" this box provides.
5 1/2" tall and 5 " wide 12.8 x 14.1 cm)
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