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Meissen - dinner plate.
Item: #P001

Dinner plate, circa 1730 - 1735. Mark : Crossed swords in under glaze blue. Diameter: 8 3/4". The plate has a petal-shaped rim. Painted in polychrome with a butterfly perched on a flowering branch in the center and three different flowering branches alternating with smaller sprigs. Brown rim line. This popular pattern represents a combination of two styles. The center appears to be inspired by Chinese famille verte porcelain of the K'ang Hsi    Period  (1662-1722), while the flowers on the rim are directly taken from Japanese Kakiemon porcelain. It is commonly known as the " butterfly " or Schmetterling pattern. Good shape with no cracks or chips, some wear to the surface and rim. Compare: "Catalogue of the Hans Syz Collection" pl 97, "The Wark Collection" pl 455, "Eighteenth Century Meissen Porcelain" From the Collection of G.R. Anderson. pl 30, Sotheby's (London, November 1998) pl.47.

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