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Antique German Centerpiece, Pierced and Appliqued

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Antique German Centerpiece, Pierced and Appliqued
The Art and Orchid Gallery's hand enameled porcelain pierced bowl was made in the Meissen-style, generally of the Kuehn Period (1833-70).[138A] That is, illustrations of similar pierced dessert ware with applied floral and enameled flower groups are referenced during the period when Kuehn was Director of the Meissen kilns.[39B, 138C] Many other porcelain manufactories from that area and even England and France produced Meissen-style wares at lower prices because of its popularity in the 19th Century. This centerpiece is not Meissen ware and its distinction lies in the softer pale colors used on the enameled flower bouquets hand painted in the interior center and stencil painted elsewhere, as well as similar light colors enameled on the floral appliques. The colors and pale intensity is similar to enamels used at Swansea earlier in England, maybe even some Staffordshire wares.[203D] However, we believe the closest colors and style of leaves can be found on porcelain enameled in Franziska Hirsch's decorating studio in Dresden, generally done on Meissen, Rosenthal or M Z Austria's blanks.[202E] Franziska's decorating studio operated between 1893 and 1930. She had a staff of talented flower painters whose favorite style was the "Dresden flower bouquet" on white ground with gilded borders.[202F] One can see from our photos that this a good description of our centerpiece. In addition, all of the diamond shaped piercing is outlined in green inside the piece and gold outside the piece. The quadrifoil wave lip has gilded lambrequin on the inside over the oval piercing. Three classical curved legs are gilded and over glazed in enamel pastels of pink and lime. As with any other heavily floral appliqued piece of its age (we estimate fin de siecle), the porcelain has been restored and is now in excellent condition. As most experts and collectors know, marks on ceramics are of very little use in determining age and/or origin.[204G, 59H, 39 I] The truth of such is the artwork and materials which, of course, requires careful study, handling and comparisons. The blue under glaze cross lines mark on this piece is the same as referenced by Robert E. Rontgn for the Sitzendorf Company in Thuringia, run by the Voigt Brothers, with his dating of 1887-1900.[136J] G. Godden's reference on European porcelain shows a black and white photo of similar reticulated Voigt porcelain of 1860-1880.[39K] We believe this centerpiece was a Viogt Brothers blank purchased and decorated by Hirsch Studios (described above). References available upon request. Size: ~ 5" H x 11 3/4"; Weight: ~ 3 1/2 pounds;

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