This Volkstedt jasperware planter, ca. early 1890's, is in excellent condition. Volkstedt is known for jasperware plaques with 3-demensional bas relief figures, but to find a planter is rare. Jasperware is very fragile so it makes sense the plaques that hang on the wall would last longer than a planter that sits on a table.
This planter has never been used as a planter (no dirt or discoloration inside) there is dust in the corners I did not try to wash it. Free dust.
It measures 7" long by 4" wide and 3 1/4 " tall. The bas relief figures are cherubs fishing in a pond. Every finger and toe is intact, the right cherub sticks out 1 1/4" from the side of the planter, and because of the way the bottom is curved the left cherubs foot hangs down 1/2". Above the left cherubs head is a rising moon, a very Art Nouveau design.
On the bottom of the planter is the Volkstedt starburst mark and Germany in blue. F7689 37, possibly mold numbers are impressed into to the clay.
The color is sage green with white on the rim and accenting the fishing pole, fish, cattail and cherubs.
Amazing that it has survived for almost 120 years and is still in excellent condition. No chips, cracks or missing toes.
I usually do not go into detail as to where I acquired a piece that I sell but this has a story to it. My husband and I went to an estate sale in the town he grew up in. When we walked toward the house he said so and so lived here there is a in ground swimming pool in the back yard. My husband was born in 1947 and this was a school friends house. He found this planter on the dressing table in the master bedroom. The family had moved from Germany in the early 30's. I can only guess this was something they brought with them from Germany. A reason it is such excellent condition.