Antique Victorian Hand Painted Small Plate Raspberries 6 5/8" Porcelain Unique For Sale
Unmarked antique porcelain plate, hand decorated with raspberries, in excellent condition. The small plate measures 6 5/8" in diameter. During Victorian times, an acceptable pastime for a respectable lady was painting designs on porcelain dishware. Various factories in Europe produced dish blanks which were then sold to other factories or to individuals to be painted by hand. I suspect this little plate was done by an individual, as the design, although well-executed, is also naive. Especially whimsical are the two raspberries at the bottom, apparently resting on a surface.
While the only marks on this piece are factory or mold numbers: 933 and 15, I have seen the identical pattern of scalloping and edge embossing on larger plates with an Austrian manufacturer mark. This plate likely originated in Austria. It could have been decorated on the continent or in England.
The porcelain is very fine, delicate and translucent. The edge of the plate is deeply scalloped and decorated with embossed dots, curves and lines. The brush marks of the painting are easy to see with a hand lens. The artist painted a three-tone background and then protected the surface with a coating that has aged over the years to a slight rainbow shimmer when the plate is viewed at an angle in the light.
There are no chips or cracks and the paint is not damaged. One side of the dish has a few thin, gray marks that appear to be pencil but may be rub marks from a silver article. They may be possible to remove and are minor and easy to overlook. The back of the piece has one spot near the rim that appears to be kiln damage, where the stand that supported the plate in the kiln caused a small chip-like area.
Overall, this small plate is very sweet and would make a pretty piece for a side table or shelf.
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Antique Victorian Hand Painted Small Plate Raspberries 6 5/8" Porcelain Unique : $20