At a recent sale, I ran across a great portrait plate from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. It has a great motif on the front—a gorgeous lady with a gold trim near the edge that has harps and a floral motif.
But when I picked it up and looked at the back, it had two different company marks on it. The first reads ROYAL VIENNA and the other is Z. S. & Co Bavaria.
This is pretty interesting—the two marks actually have a purpose. The ROYAL VIENNA mark is for the hand painted decorations on the front of the plate. The second mark stands for ZEH SCHERZER & Co., and they produced the ceramic plate.
The ceramic plate was produced and then sold to ROYAL VIENNA undecorated. When ROYAL VIENNA received the plate, they then painted it with this terrific motif.
Sometimes the artist even signs the piece. It could be anywhere really—I have seen the signature on both the front and the back of the piece. This plate was signed on the back, and it was signed Gracioga.
You can see this terrific portrait plate in my Etsy shop here. Have you ever run across anything like this?