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Fancy Harborscene Plate #1

This is a plate with a rare decoration made by Meissen in the late 19th century. One can find this type of decoration in a few good Meissen books but the only one I have ever seen in person were made by Dresden type makers like Helena Wolfsohn or so. This plate however was made and painted by Meissen! Lots going on so the pictures are a better description than what I can do but I will try - the center has a superb quality harbor / merchant scene painted on it with a very fancy trim all around reminscent of the 18th century. It includes two chinoiserie figures - one on each side. Surrounding this are indian style flowers as well as insects and a dragon looking creature and to finish off a perfect plate is a very fancy gold, red and blue trim on the rim that matches parts of the first trim around the center decoration. One can always tell when Meissen is extra proud of a piece when they even paint something on the underside - in this case the footring was gilded on the outside and there are two red rings on the rim. The plate is in great condition but oddly enough someone tried to remove the gild 57. underneath so there are lots of fine scratches in this area as well as some odd scratches in two small areas in the front. I think someone tried to make it look like an 18th century piece. There is a tiny bit of stacking wear but all in all in perfect display condition!! It is marked with the underglaze blue crossed swords mark underneath with the gilders number 57. under that. Also the usual impressed numbers one finds on Meissen of this period. The plate is 1.25 inches tall and 9.375 inches in diameter. Please email me for more information or other pictures.

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