1890s German Gilt Lusterware Bone China Side Plate

1890s German Gilt Lusterware Bone China Side Plate


This lovely side plate was made in Germany in the 1890s, when lusterware was at the height of its popularity. With a nature theme, this plate has a central motif of flowers, painted in a pinkish-lavender tone encircled by a garland of deeper purple garnishes. It has a molded beaded perimeter between the floor of the plate and the wall, with the wall undulating with a scalloped design. The outermost edge of the wall of the plate has the same molded beading, though more robust. The hand painting is extended to the surround, with whimsical purple dashes and dots highlighting the molding of the plate.

Though worn a bit by time, the coloration of the plate remains iridescent and bright, the purple color family appearing as copper and gold in the light. Hang on the wall for a subtle touch of sparkle, display on the shelf to catch the sunlight, use as intended on special occasions, including to serve a slice of bridal shower cake or Valentine’s Day dessert.

  • Maker: Unknown

  • Material: Ceramic

  • Epoch: 1890s

  • Dimensions: 7.25”

  • Procurement: Sardis, Mississippi

  • Origin: Germany

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