A magnificent, antique fruit bowl from the C G Schierholz & Sohn in Plaue Germany. This beautiful bowl features a luscious painting of fruits and flowers (I love those raspberries and strawberries) surrounded by molded flourishes (notice the hearts). The reticulated pattern is lively, and the bowl is embraced by a garland of tiny fruits and flowers bound with crosses of matte gold ribbon. Finally, the bowl is held aloft on feet of gold embellished flourishes. Opulent.
The factory where this piece was produced was founded in 1816 by the Heuacker Brothers, by 1818 the company was taken over by Christian Gottfried Schierholz and his sons. The business flourished at first by producing industrial and ordinary domestic china, and was the earliest producer of lithophanes in 1849. Christian's sons Hugo and Julius took over on their father's death, and when Hugo died in 1860 his widow joined Julius to run the factory. In just five short years, they were exclusively producing decorative porcelain. I believe that this lovely bowl was produced in the Thuringia region of Germany c. 1850 give or take.
CONDITION is beautiful with no chips, cracks, or repairs. The gold on the foot is virtually all there, but there is some wear to the gold at the edges and inside the bowl (please look at the photographs). Measures 16 1/8"L x 9 1/4"W x 4 1/8"H, and weighs 3 lbs. 3.5 oz.
This is a versatile piece - pretty enough to dress up a table, but not too fussy to actually use - and even practical since the reticulated bowl allows air to circulate around your fruit. Enjoy!