What a beauty!
Don't let the large selection of Thieme pieces in our shop fool you....The pieces we are offering represent many years and miles of collecting and searching! We are also in contact with the current factory in Dresden and can tell you that our prices are shockingly reasonable. Some of these hand painted pieces are over 100 yrs old and some are newer. Based on our experience (and our new Thieme catalogues) we can usually pin down the vintage of the pieces. Since its inception, the Thieme factory never stopped presenting the very best quality they could offer. They spare no effort in training their artists and it shows. Their new pieces are just as lovely as the old ones...although we have noticed that the older pieces are more heavily decorated and the painting is more detailed. We hope you enjoy browsing our collection!
Carl Thieme's factory in Dresden Germany certainly knows how to catch your eye! This hand painted and reticulated round centerpiece bowl or basket is stunningly decorated with alpine flowers.
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. The Thieme Factory is still in existence and producing the museum quality work it has been known for all these years.
We found a similar (but smaller 8") hand painted centerpiece bowl in their 2009 catalogue and priced at $764.00 !!! We would be happy to provide pictures and prices from the catalogue to you if you write.
This excessively Rococo Revival styled, elaborately decorated centerpiece shows 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 the bowl/basket. 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.
9 7/8" diameter (25cm)
Lovely condition...no cracks, hairlines, chips or flakes. Gold unworn.
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