A magnificent set 30-piece dessert set of hard-paste porcelain decorated in the Capodimonte bas-relief. The plates are decorated with hand painted Heraldic emblems in the center surrounded by floral sprigs and gilt scrolling. Their wide scalloped borders are decorated in deep bas-relief with a continuous procession of classical figures; the scalloped edging highlighted in gilt. The demitasse cups feature twined grapevine handles with matching saucers.
The set is made of hard-paste porcelain in the early Naples style of Capo di monte. It is entirely hand decorated with incredible detail, and is a true work of art. Although the set is stamped with the spurious mark of Royal Naples, a crown over the letter N, it was 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 set is 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 of 10 Cups: 2 ¼" Height
Size of 10 Saucers: 4 ½" Diameter
Size of 10 Dessert Plates: 8 ½" Diameter.
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