These petite and delicate plates are "paper thin"! Its a wonder they've survived in such wonderful condition. The rims have a lovely raised ridge pattern to the mold. The gold hand painted embellishments all along the rim doesn't have any wear on the high spots! We suspect they were displayed more than used! The individual flowers are meticulously painted.....with great attention to tiny stems & small buds. If you often look at, or collect Dresden Flower porcelain, then you know there is a great difference in the style (and artistic effort) of the gold geometric borders. These Donath pieces were not "mere garlands" with an extra dab here and there....look at the close ups!
Additionally, never see matched muffin plates in Dresden Flowers patterns! They're too small for bread & butter and too large for butter alone! A very RARE find!
Donath & Company , Dresden, (1813-1906) mark is blue overglaze. These porcelain blanks upon which he decorated with the gorgeous wild flowers were from the Ohme Porcelain Manufactory (as evidenced by the blue underglaze marks beneath the Donath crown).
These are so delicately painted (and with much detail) that we feel these are quite early in the Donath Company's career. The mark is also hand painted, therefore, with slight variations on each of the backs. Quite an effort was made by the artist to carefully draw the marks over the Ohme understamp! It is not uncommon to see gold designs drawn over the factory underglazes, but these "crowns" are each very artistic, themselves. We've included a picture with all four backs so you can look, too.
Donath 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. These excessively Rococo Revival styled, elaborately decorated pieces display 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 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. 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.
No chips, flakes, cracks or hairlines.
4 5/8" diameter (11.75cm)
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