Our beautiful hand painted plaque features a neoclassical dressed woman standing in her garden praying or giving tribute to her Greek/Roman God or Goddess. Above her head you can see the brick colored roof of the building she is placed in front of and that super flowering tree. She is standing bare footed on a path surrounded by grass, small flowering plants, ferns and droppings from the tree. Note her lovely serene face, graceful body, superbly defined hands and feet, and realistic drape to her gown. Just a wonderful painting by a very experienced plaque artist.
The hand painting is in excellent condition with no crazing, missing areas, nasty scratches/abrasions or repairs. The only thing I could find was some very minute speckles of white original to manufacture. The porcelain is all intact with no cracks, chips, nicks, nasty scratches/abrasions or repairs. The entire edge rim is all original with no touch ups. The backside does show some soiling as well as what appears to be a yellow toned glue residue.
The plaque measures 5 5/8" tall x 3 13/16" wide. On the back you will find what we are assuming is the Ernst Wahliss paper label for his two retail stores, London & Vienna (Wien). There is in incomplete Made in Austria stamp as well as a complete blurred Made in Austria stamp. Hand painted on the backside is "Hope" which we believe to be the plaque's title and "Bodenhausen" which we believe to be the artist. We have been unable to find out if it is the plaque artist or the original subject artist. There is also an impressed number in the porcelain that appears to be 107. Wahliss was the largest retailer of Bohemian porcelain in the time period. As there are no hallmarks for the maker we do not know if the plaque was made by one of the Wahliss factories or only sold by his stores.
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