This lovely hand painted lamp is from Carl Thieme's Saxony Porcelain Factory in Potschappel Germany.
The mark shows them to have come from the Carl Thieme Saxony Porcelain Factory in Dresden, Germany. The blue script "PS" is evidence that these pieces were made in the early 1900's. 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. His pieces are excessively Rococo Revival styled and elaborately decorated. They 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.
Measuring 11.5" tall but 20" with the shade, its a great size. We are in contact with the current Thieme Factory in Germany and their catalogue now charges about $2000 for a lamp base of this size....so this one is quite a bargain. Acquired from an estate here on Maine's beautiful coast, we've gone over it from top to bottom, cleaning and professionally rewiring it with white cloth cord and a reproduction plug (with the correct vintage look!) No worries about plugging in an using any lighting you purchase from us!
Wonderful condition. No chips, hairlines or cracks. Ready to plug in.
Our shipping cost includes the lamp shade, but if you prefer to use your own, purchase your own....or just save some money on the shipping cost, we can can give you a different shipping/insurance cost. on your invoice. Just ask!
11.5" tall (no shade) 20" tall with shade pictured.
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