This stunning portrait plate is by one of the noted Wagner family of highly sought after china portrait painters. The inscription on the reverse translates as "Revenge of the Graces" and depicts the Three Graces known as the Erinyes or the Furies about to punish Cupid who is tied to a tree. They have confiscated his bow and arrows. The subject is dramatic and the figures, especially the hands and feet, are finely executed. The plate is signed Wagner in the lower right as shown. The plate is 9 1/2" in diameter and features a cobalt rim with raised gold beaded rectangles alternating with with raised white enamel dots. The center of the plate has a deep overgraze that enhances the painting. It is marked on the reverse with a blue under the glaze beehive mark and "Rache der Grarien" or Revenge of the Graces. The plate is in excellent condition with no cracks, chips, or repairs. We do note very slight wear to the gilding on the corners of the gold rectangles and very slightly on the inner rim. This is honest wear commensurate with age and gentle handling. We are being extremely conservative in our evaluation of this expensive plate and the blemishes noted do not seriously detract from this overall stunning example of Wagner's workmanship. We are offering free shipping for this item. Please email us with any questions. We have been in business for 30 years. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.
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