Dating from around 1880, this is a lovely set of four antique ormolu mounted Dresden porcelain circular wall plaques, hand painted with various figures in seventeenth century dress.
Each plaque features a romantic figure, two male and two female, and they are all set in their wonderful original decorative gilded bronze frames. Comprising four pieces, this is a superb set and will grace any interior adding a touch of elegance and class.
These antique ormolu wall plaques are in excellent condition. Please refer to the photographs to see for yourself.
More About Dresden Porcelain
In the early 18th Century, the prince elector of Saxony, King Augustus II, believing in the tales of the alchemists of the time, held the goldsmith Johann Bottger prisoner and demanded that he make gold. Fortunately he was able to save himself by discovering the recipe for porcelain instead.
Porcelain had been imported into Europe from China since the 14th century and was highly prized, but no one properly understood its constituents or how to make it in Europe. The King announced to Europe that he would open a a porcelain manufactory in Dresden in 1710, but realising that his secret would be stolen, he opened it instead inside the walls of the nearby Albrechtsburg Castle, where he kept the workmen prisoner.
However, by 1720 the secret was leaked and porcelain producers appeared in Vienna and Venice. Dresden adopted the Saxon crossed swords in underglaze blue as their mark. In 1736 they produced their ‘Swan Service’ which, comprising 1,400 pieces is the largest most lavish porcelain service ever created.
More About Ormolu
Ormolu is the name given to a gilding technique that originally used mercury amalgam to create a gold-coloured veneer on metal objects, particularly brass. The amalgam, containing finely powdered gold would be coated on the object and then burnt off in a kiln leaving behind the gilded surface. Using mercury was banned in the 1830s in France and was replaced with electroplating in more modern times.
More Information and To View
Fine ormolu mounted porcelain plaques of this quality are always best viewed in person if that is possible. However we know that this is not always possible so you are welcome to contact us using the contact details shown above with any questions you might have about these lovely ormolu mounted porcelain plaques. We would also be pleased to arrange a viewing of these and our other ormolu items at our North London warehouse and showroom. Please email us or call for an appointment to view, quoting our reference as shown above so we know which item you are referring to.
Our showroom is open from 10am to 5pm every weekday and also on occasional Saturdays - please call first before making a journey on a Saturday to make certain that we are open on your chosen day.
Shipping, Delivery and Return
These ormolu mounted porcelain plaques are valuable items so require specialised packing and shipping to their final destination - your home or other premises. We can pack and ship them to almost any destination worldwide, but we request that you please call or email for a shipping quotation before making your purchase so that we can fully discuss your requirements.
We ship to any mainland UK address free of charge. If you are not satisfied with these items we offer a 14-day money back guarantee in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be responsible for the return shipping fees for these ormolu mounted porcelain plaques unless we have erroneously described them in some material way and you do not receive what you were expecting. You must return them in their original packaging and condition. You are also responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that fall due outside the European Union.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 39 x Width 39 x Depth 5
Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 foot, 3 inches x Width 1 foot, 3 inches x Depth 2 inches
Our reference: 08009
Please feel free to email or call us (+44 20 8809 9605) to arrange a viewing in our North London warehouse.