Cake Set, Bavarian porcelain, hand painted artist signed. Set is in mint condition, complete and consists of a large Master cake or dessert plate and four individual serving plate, plus one extra. Turn of the century table accessory, artist dated 1915. Bavarian Porcelain, marked on the back simply "BAVARIA", see photos. Most likely the porcelain was fired as blanks and then exported to companies for hand painting. Each plate has drilled hole on the backside, this is part of the firing process. Master cake plate is 8 3/4" diameter, 4 individual servings are 6 1/2" in diameter. The set is hand painted, flower clusters of stylized pink roses. The flowers clusters are connected via intertwining leaves and vine pattern (green and brown) which appear to have thorns. Colors are very soft. Clusters vary from one, three and two flowers. Master plate has six different flower groupings, individual plates have five different clusters of roses. Edges of dishes have hand painted gold leaf. No chips, cracks, breaks, or repairs. The hand painted floral designs are painted on white porcelain. The design has variation on the servings plates due to artist creativity. The porcelain is pure white on the backside and the front has a soft white tint. The backs of the plates are signed "L.H. Farrell 1915", the artist who painted the plates. During the late 19th century a china decorating fervor swept the US. The widespread interest extended into the 20th century. Painting on porcelain became a huge industry estimated to be 25k plus painters. There were books, articles, classes, and clubs. Imported porcelain blanks was the primary medium for painting on porcelain. See Photos.
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