Italian porcelain plaque made by the Richard-Ginori factory, depicting the Holy Family in low relief. The details of the scene are hand painted in the historical Capodimonte style.
In our opinion, this piece dates to the late Nineteenth Century.
The plaque is surrounded by an octagonal ebonized wooden frame with brass and semiprecious stone decorations. Overall dimensions of the frame are 13¼ x 11½ inches (approximately), and the visible portion of the porcelain measures about 7 x 8 inches. The piece weighs slightly less than three pounds.
The porcelain bears a “crowned N” mark in blue on the reverse, very likely the mark of the Richard-Ginori factory in Milan (Società Ceramica Richard Milano), which originated in 1830.
This framed plaque is said to have belonged to author Booth Tarkington, who maintained a home in Indianapolis, Indiana. Upon his death, the plaque was passed on to his heirs before it was sold to members of the current owner’s family. This is described on the hand written label on the back of the plaque. (The label probably can be removed by the purchaser.)
Condition: the porcelain panel and its painted decoration are in very good condition, with no repairs or restorations. There is only minor wear to a few spots in the painted decoration. The stamped brass decoration around the frame has some surface oxidation, which is normal for a piece this age.
Originally, this piece, like other plaques of this type, had scrolled brass mounts on each of the eight edges of the frame. The only evidence of these ornaments are nail holes along the edge of the frame. The mounts have long been missing, but the piece is still quite handsome and would make a wonderful decorative statement.
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