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This is a set of 3 of the hand painted porcelain soup plates (rimmed bowls) from the Carl Thieme Factory in Dresden, Germany. (Blue "TS" mark is on the bottom of each bowl).
Although he'd been a successful antique dealer his love of porcelain lead him to establish his decorating studio in 1860 where they painted white porcelain blanks. By 1872 his company began to produce its own porcelain. 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 plate displays 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. 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.
Perfect condition soup plates 10.25" diameter (26.25cm)
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Carl Thieme Dresden Saxony, Floral Porcelain Soup Plate
$235 USD SALE PENDING
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