Three dolphins for feet, really make this bowl a stunner!
The mark on the bottom is the reversed R joined to a K under a crown with the work Dresden below. This dates the plates between 1886-1916. Richard Klemm operated an elite decorating studio in Dresden from 1869-1949. Klemm was an outstanding artist who produced pieces in the Meissen and Royal Vienna styles.
We CAN tell you that Klemm's studio regularly decorated wares from KPM, Meissen, Rosenthal, Limoges, Ohme and others, but this one is unmarked.
We found the same pattern porcelain blank in the form of a plate and a tazza in the Harran's Book on Dresden Porcelain. The pieces illustrated were decorated by Carl Thieme between 1888-1910. They do not mention which manufactory produced the blank. The plate, right down to the pattern handpainted on the verge is identical with this footed bowl.
The small floral sprigs in the center the are surrounded by a decorative swag-style gold verge. The sides of the bowl are completely over the top in rococo design! Besides being handpainted, the reticulated or pierced sides are hand cut. After marking and hand cutting hundreds of delicate holes into pieces of greenware...imagine how pleased the artisan was to break for lunch!
The bowl sits atop three meticulously gilt painted dolphins! The artist even detailed the mouth, eyes, fins, scales and tail!
There are no chips, cracks, hairlines or repairs on this bowl. There is a bit of light gilt wear on the inner verge but none to the dolphin feet.
6 1/2" x 2 3/8" (16.4 x 6.1 cm)
BY THE WAY.....THIS IS A GREAT BOWL FOR JELLY BEANS OR PISTACHIOS.....ALTHOUGH EXTENSIVELY PIERCED...THE HOLES ARE TOO SMALL TO ALLOW "GETAWAYS"!
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