The marks in gilt on the reverse of this beautiful plate are: a five-point crown; Bavaria; Waldershof; a capital N; Germany; Handarbeit and 22 Karat Gold. Waldershof is a town in Bavaria, Germany and handarbeit literally means “work done by hand.” The crowned N mark was used in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by several manufacturers in Germany to mimic the mark of famed Capodimonte porcelain so it’s sometimes difficult to pin down what company made a piece of Bavarian porcelain. The mark on this plate has been attributed to the Frank Neukirchner Porcelain Works. They used the mark from 1916 to 1977, but this plate was probably made in the 1920’s or 1930’s.
The hand painted decorations on this plate are striking and especially vibrant on the deep matte blue-green background. The flowers are exceptionally lifelike, as is the foliage. The stems and leaves stretching out from the colorful flora are 22 karat gold and so is the trim on the scalloped rim, which is heavily and perfectly applied. The dish is about 7 ½ inches in diameter and sits ¾ of an inch high. This was probably a cabinet plate, as the condition is absolutely pristine. This is one of those remarkable porcelain plates that appears infrequently for sale and will catch the eye in any setting.