Antique Pirkenhammer Porcelain Cabinet Plate c.1900
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This is a delightful antique Pirkenhammer porcelain plate, circa 1900 in date.
Transfer printed and hand painted to the centre with sparrows, butterflies, insects and a flowering bough within a pierced broad gilt rim.
The reverse with printed mark in red and black, numbered 2682 in grey.
There is no mistaking the quality and unique design of this plate which is sure to be a treasured addition to your home.
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation of condition.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 2.5 x Width 24 x Depth 24
Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 inch x Width 9 inches x Depth 9 inches
Over two hundred years ago, a porcelain factory was built in Karlovy Vary also known as Karlsbad, and the brand Pirkenhammer originated. The factory is located in a picturesque area within 10 min walk from the center of the city.
By the 1820's Pirkenhammer was considered the best in Bohemia, recognised by a gold medal at the Vienna World fair in 1839. The awarding committee commented that it demonstrated "a good taste in shape, clear body, smooth glaze, and high quality of printing".
Since the use of gilding in ceramic manufacture was officially proven to be safe in 1835, Pirkenhammer acquired a worldwide reputation in the application of this technology. The artist André Carriére began to influence Pirkenhammer's style from 1868 when he became chief designer and the company invested in a studio for him in Paris in 1874.
In 1945 when the communist government nationalised all the Czecholslovakian Porcelain factories Pirkenhammer was naturally chosen to be the centre for research and development.
During the next fifty years Pirkenhammer cemented the high esteem in which it was held by winning several gold medals for manufacturing excellence. Indeed it was the natural choice when the preseident of the Czech Republic wanted to equip the presidential palace.
Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)
was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.
While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.
Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.
The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).
is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.
The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.
It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.
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