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European Hand-Painted Porcelain Plaque in a Dore Bronze Frame - Circa 1900
The handpainting on this plaque is very nicely done. Note her lovely facial features, the individual strands making up her hair and the accent lines for the draping on her clothes. She has then been placed in a very well detailed Dore bronze frame. These smaller framed porcelain plaques as well as ivory miniatures were popular decorator items in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The un-signed porcelain plaque is in excellent condition with no deep scratches, nasty abrasions, nicks or chips to the gracefully curved surface. With close inspection you can find an occasional hint of a very very faint surface scratch. The handpainting is also in excellent condition with no missing paint. The plaque has been out of the frame for inspection and has no damage on the painted front. The back of the plaque has 2 small flakes caused by pressure from the metal tabs holding it in the frame.
The Dore bronze frame is of lovely quality. Note the several well defined patterns throughout the exterior rims. It also has the addition of a lovely top comprised of flowers and swirling leaves. The frame has an easel style stand as well as a ring for hanging. The back cover has had its fabric replaced with a black cotton velveteen and the tabs for holding the back plate are intact with no cracks. The Dore plating is in excellent minus condition and is a lovely, warm, mellow gold in color. You can plainly see the common and expected darker cast to the gold from age with the side rim being un-patterned showing some age spotting. The frame has no country of origin marks.
The visible portion of the oval plaque is approximately 3 inches x 2 3/8 inches. The frame is 4 3/4 inches tall x 3 1/4 inches wide. The back of the plaque has a German or Austrian porc. mfgr's mark and 3 paper stickers, 1 of which says Marie Antoinette.
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