This is a phenomenally decorated centerpiece basket or bowl from the Carl Thieme factory. Beautiful hand painted flowers and meticulously applied gold trim don't "just sit there"...they scream "look at me". This bowl dares you to put fruit in it and place it on your table. It is so gorgeous, we're betting you can't. Like us, you'll delight in just looking at it.
The raspberry handpainted "lattice" sets off the reticulated sides and the gold hand painted accents in each space send the whole design "over the top"!
The blue script "TS" is evidence that this pieces came from the Carl Thieme Saxony Porcelain Factory in Dresden, Germany after 1901 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. 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 this centerpiece. 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.
This item is in perfect condition. No chips, flakes or cracks.
10" x 7.5" and 2 1/8" tall (26.5 x 19 x 5.5cm)
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