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Plate; hard-paste porcelain; lobed edge; painted with flower sprays within compartments outlined in gold; inscribed in gold; monogram in centre, crowned and surmounted by gold rays; marked.
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Diameter: 25.30 centimetres
Depth: 3 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Dawson 1985
Emil Heuser devoted a section of his chapter on the Frankenthal factory under Simon Feilner's directorship to a discussion of this plate (Heuser, 1922, pp. 157-59). He called it a 'colour trial plate' ('Farbenprobteller') and considered that it was painted by Feilner himself to demonstrate the colours he had developed for use on hard-paste porcelain. Heuser stated that Feilner sent the plate to his patron, the Elector Palatine, Carl Theodore, whose initials adorn the centre of the plate, on 11 August 1775, and that he thereby obtained the title 'Hofkammerat' and its attendant salary. This discussion, although precise in its details, was not backed up by any documents quoted or referred to by its author, although these papers doubtless existed in 1922.
There is another example with the same incised marks in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, which was acquired in 1939 from an unknown source (illustrated Paul Atterbury (ed.), 'The History of Porcelain', London, 1982, p. 111; inv. C. 25-1939). The palette used is apparently the same (it has not been possible to compare the two plates themselves) but the flower sprays are differently executed.
Literature: E. Heuser, 'Porzellan von Strasburg und Frankenthal', Neustadt an der Haardt, 1922, pp. 157-59.
- On display (G46/dc21)
- Exhibition history
2014 18 Jun-7 Sep, London, National Gallery, Colour
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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