Presented for sale is this magnificent set of 10 Capodimonte service plates with hand painted heraldic emblems in the center surrounded by floral sprigs and gilt scrolling. The wide scalloped border is decorated in deep bas-relief with processional classical figures; the edging highlighted in gilt.
The plates are made of hard-paste porcelain in the early Naples style of Capo di monte. They are entirely hand decorated with incredible detail, and are true works of art. Although they are stamped with the (spurious) mark of Royal Naples, a crown over the letter N, they were made in Germany in the early part of the 20th century by Ernst Bohne Sons of Rudolstadt, Germany. Ernst Bohne founded his porcelain company in 1848 and proceeded to produce very fine quality hard-paste porcelain in the style of Meissen, Dresden, Royal Naples Capodimonte, and Berlin. The company was eventually sold to Albert Stahl. The quality of their work rivaled that of the best German factories and they won many prestigious international awards for their accomplishments.
The plates are in excellent condition with minor gilt wear to the handles; extraordinary for display as the rich exuberant colors are very eye-catching. We love the hard paste versions of this Capodimonte bas-relief style, as the depth and vivid decoration are far superior in our opinion than the softer paste versions.
Size: 10 ¼" Diameter.