Chocolate pot porcelain painting WEIMAR Germany

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EXTREMELY RARE PORCELAIN PLATE IN A WOODEN FRAME. PLATE SIZE 30cm X 40 cm, FRAME SIZE 43 cm X 53 cm MADE IN GERMANY. PRODUCED BY THE GERMAN MANUFACTURER WEIMAR, FOUNDED IN 1790. FRAMED IN ITALIAN WOODEN FRAME HAND DRAWN COPY OF THE RENOWNED PAINTING BY Jean-Étienne Liotard, PEARLS OF THE DRESDEN GALLERY "THE BEAUTIFUL CHOCOLATIER" Swiss artist J.E. Liotard was called "the painter of kings and beautiful women" Portrait of beauty Anna Baldauf (Anna Baltauf), universally known as "The Chocolate Girl" (Fr. "La belle chocoladiere") Most likely, Anna was a maid at the court of Austrian Empress Maria Theresa, where the painter noticed her. Anna, the daughter of a bankrupt knight, served as a maid at court. It is said that it was there that her beauty was noticed by the young prince Dietrichstein. He fell in love and, much to the horror of aristocracy, married her. As a wedding gift, Prince Dietrichstein ordered Jean-Étienne Liotard, who was working at the Viennese court at the time, to paint a portrait of his bride in the same attire in which he first saw her. It is said that on the day of the wedding, the bride invited her acquaintance chocolatiers and, feeling happy about her elevation, offered them her hand saying, "Here! Now I have become a princess, and you can kiss my hand." This painting is also noteworthy as it depicts the first European porcelain - Meissen. The painting shows only one female figure. But she is depicted in a way that captivates most viewers visiting the famous gallery in Dresden. J.-E. Liotard managed to give the painting the character of a genre scene. In front of "The Chocolate Girl" there is free space, so the impression is such that the model is not posing for the artist, but is walking before the viewer in small steps, carefully and cautiously carrying a tray. The eyes of "The Chocolate Girl" are modestly lowered, but the awareness of her attractiveness illuminates all her delicate and sweet face. Her posture, the position of her head and hands - all polishedBut the most natural grace of all is her little foot in a gray high-heeled shoe modestly peeking out from under her skirt. The colors of the clothing of the "Chocolate Girl" were selected by J.-E. Liotard in a soft harmony: silvery-gray skirt, golden corsage, shining white apron, transparent white kerchief, and fresh silk bonnet - pink and delicate, like a rose petal. The artist, with his inherent precision, deviates in no way from the most detailed reproduction of the form of the "Chocolate Girl" and her clothing. For example, the dense silk of her dress realistically wrinkles; the apron folds have not straightened out, just taken out of the linen box; a glass of water reflects the window, and in it is reflected the top edge line of a small tray. The painting "Chocolate Girl" is distinguished by completeness in every detail, which J.-E. Liotard constantly strived for. Art critic M. Alpatov believes that "due to all these characteristics, 'Chocolate Girl' can be classified among the wonders of optical illusion in art, like those clusters of grapes in the painting of the famous ancient Greek artist that birds tried to peck." After the conventionality and mannerism of some 18th century masters, the almost photographic accuracy of Liotard's painting gave the impression of a revelation. You will not be indifferent to her. New, in perfect condition.

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The concept and history of porcelain panels (paintings)

The concept and history of porcelain sculptures (paintings)
The concept and history of porcelain panels (paintings)
Concept and history of porcelain plaques (paintings) A porcelain plaque is a flat porcelain plate (board, plank) with a painted image. Due to its shape, it is ideal for framing and is used as a painting or wall panel, as well as for decorating tables, vases, boxes, and other items. Historically, porcelain paintings did not appear immediately, as after the discovery of porcelain, methods of processing and suitable paints for the new material had to be developed. The first ceramics, created almost twenty thousand years ago in China, did not have any patterns and were used exclusively for household or ceremonial purposes. Several Chinese dynasties passed before the world saw not only true porcelain, but also colorful products made from it. The paints and methods of protecting them were discovered and developed gradually as porcelain production progressed. Since the original discoverers kept all the secrets of porcelain production and painting strictly confidential, each country worked on discovering their own recipes for porcelain mass and painting colors. For example, the largest porcelain factory of the Russian Empire had its own laboratory for creating paints for porcelain painting. Thanks to this, already in the 1830s-1840s, less than a hundred years after the opening of the country's first porcelain factory, porcelain artists reached a high level of skill. They recreated paintings by famous artists such as Raphael, Rubens, or Rembrandt on porcelain. Due to their correct shape, porcelain plaques were often used for creating portraits and icons. In antique items, porcelain plaques can be found as inserts. For example, they were used to decorate rectangular elements of vases, embellish tables, boxes, snuff boxes, and large clocks, which gave the items a special beauty and elegance. Advantages of painting on porcelain Porcelain paintings have certain advantages.In comparison to regular oil canvases or watercolors, porcelain paintings have many advantages. This is largely due to the properties of porcelain and its firing process. 1. Unlike canvas or paper, porcelain is a durable and long-lasting material that is not susceptible to decay or decomposition. This means that porcelain paintings will not fade over time and will not require complex restoration. 2. Paint on canvas and paper can crack or fade over time. Porcelain paintings are protected from such damage by the firing process and the glaze used in underglaze painting. The colors on porcelain remain vibrant and deep for many years. 3. A regular painting can be easily torn, damaged by water, or lost in a fire. However, porcelain is not afraid of such challenges, except that it can be broken. Interestingly, some porcelain replicas have outlived the originals. For example, the porcelain sculpture "Penitent Mary Magdalene" has survived to this day, while the original painting by Batoni was destroyed during World War II. 4. Porcelain paintings are easy to care for, as they are not only resistant to water but also many cleaning agents. They can withstand some aggressive substances. As is known, famous works of art have been attacked multiple times at exhibitions. For example, the Mona Lisa in the Louvre was splashed with acid in 1956 and hot tea in 2009. In this sense, porcelain paintings have noticeable advantages over standard paintings. 5. Due to the plastic properties of porcelain and the features of firing, it is possible to create paintings with relief decoration, achieving low or high relief. In oil painting, a slight relief requires the application of a large number of paint layers, which can lead to cracking in the future. The price for the numerous advantages of porcelain paintings is the complexity of their production. While an artist can complete a simple painting from start to finish, painting on porcelain requires special techniques.The process requires high-quality materials, expensive equipment, strict adherence to all technologies, and professionals of various professions. As a result, the price is higher compared to paper analogues. Porcelain painting technology Porcelain plates are decorated in two ways: by applying paint to the surface or creating relief decor. Let's consider both options. Colorful decor Porcelain can be painted with colors before or after applying a protective glaze. The technique of painting before glazing is called underglaze painting. It is performed as follows: unglazed porcelain (biscuit - which has undergone primary firing) is used and paint is applied layer by layer. Then the item is covered with glaze and fired in ovens at high temperatures. Since the temperature exceeds a thousand degrees, only heat-resistant paints capable of withstanding such thermal impact are used. Even heat-resistant paints partially burn during firing, which requires layering the paints from dark to light tones. This approach allows the layers to become transparent after firing, opening up new artistic possibilities. The use of colored glazes also contributes to this. Underglaze painting is a complex technique because some of the paint is absorbed into the biscuit layer, creating unnecessary shades. At the same time, such painting is characterized by soft contours and delicate design. However, to achieve a high-quality image, the master's brushstrokes must be expressive and precise. This technique does not allow for mistakes or corrections. Overglaze painting is done after applying the glaze to the item. Here, artistic possibilities expand due to the lower temperature of the final firing. This allows for the use of a rich palette of colors and achieving a greater range of tones and shades. In particular, various shades of gold can be used to create luxurious items. At the same time, this technique allows for more intricate and detailed designs.The relief is considered less durable than the previous one. This is because the paints applied to the glaze create a slight relief on the surface, which is not protected by the glaze and gradually wears off during frequent use. However, this applies more to dishes and other household items than to paintings. Overglaze technique requires less skill, as it allows for multiple corrections of the unsuccessful drawing before the product is fired. Relief decor involves a deepening of the prepared design in the porcelain. This is done either through the use of special relief forms during the casting of the material or by attaching prepared decor to the porcelain surface. A decor made as a whole unit is more resistant to mechanical impact than attached decor. Relief decor allows for three-dimensional images. This can be done by creating additional volume on the surface, that is, convex images, or concave ones. The price of porcelain plaques is influenced by many factors. In addition to the quality of the porcelain and the painting, as well as the fame of the master, there is also the complexity of the objects containing the plaque. In the years of production, they were offered to buyers not only as paintings, but also as inserts in independent interior items. Below we will consider several sales of different items at major international auctions. Since porcelain was invented and mastered in China long before Europe, Chinese masters have been producing painted porcelain for a long time. Today, their porcelain paintings are widely represented in the market and are in demand. Let's start by looking at examples of maintenance of individual plaques, with frames and without frames. In November 2012, at the auction of the Bonhams auction house, a porcelain plaque by Chinese master Cheng Yiting was presented. This work is done in the characteristic style of Chinese porcelain.In the manner of porcelain painting: with a subtle color palette and a large amount of white space. A porcelain plaque was sold at the auction for 79,000 pounds sterling. At the same auction, another piece of Chinese production was sold for 51,000 pounds sterling. This painting is done in a bright color palette and contains a famous scene from the life of the Chinese people. In the niche of Chinese porcelain painting, individual plaques with and without frames, as well as sets of multiple plaques that complement each other or serve as decoration for the main plaque, are often encountered. Let's consider a few examples. In September 2016, a set of three porcelain plaques by the Chinese master Lu Yucena was sold at the Bonhams auction. The plaques, which are framed in the same way, have different subjects but are united by their themes and are executed in the same style. The set attracted the interest of collectors at the auction and sold for $245,000. A similar set, but with twelve framed plaques, was presented to the participants of the Bonhams auction in March 2013. All the plaques in this work also repeat one theme and harmoniously complement each other. The set was successful at the auction and sold for $27,000. Another example is also a work from the category of Asian art, created in the nineteenth century. Around the central porcelain plaque, there are triangular porcelain plaques designed to complement the composition. The work was presented at Bonhams in March 2011 and sold at the auction for 720 pounds sterling. There are also other variations of plaque framing. For example, an interesting work was presented at the same auction in June 2011. These are two framed porcelain plaques created in the shape of a fan with an imitation of fan folds on the surface of the porcelain. The work was sold at the auction for $194,000. Painting on porcelain by European masters, including painters of the Russian Empire, is of particular interest. These works are characterized by a rich color palette, a variety of shades, and a largeRealism of the image. For example, the porcelain relief "Garden of Love", created after the eponymous painting by Peter Paul Rubens. The painting was made by the masters of the Royal Porcelain Manufactory in Berlin (Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur, KPM). The relief was sold at a Sotheby's auction in November 2017 for 21,000 pounds sterling. Among the works of Russian masters, for example, there is a porcelain painting depicting Emperor Nicholas I. It is attributed to the famous Imperial Porcelain Factory (IFZ) and was sold at a Bonhams auction in June 2013 for 6,000 pounds sterling. We have considered only a few examples of the sale of porcelain paintings at auctions to demonstrate the demand for them. In general, this type of antique porcelain periodically appears at auctions and is presented in different price categories ranging from a few thousand rubles to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Where to buy or sell porcelain paintings If you wish to add porcelain reliefs to your collection or make a gift to a loved one, we suggest buying porcelain paintings on our website. In case the desired relief is not available in our catalog, we can arrange a search for it through our sources. If you would like to sell a porcelain panel or painting, we suggest doing so in our gallery. For this, you need to familiarize yourself with the conditions of consignment sales, send us photos and descriptions of your antique relief. The advantages of selling through our website,, are that your antiques will be seen by a larger audience of antique art enthusiasts. This will increase the chances of making a profitable deal for you. To clarify the details of the sale, order an expertise on a porcelain relief, or for any other questions, please contact us by phone: +7 (495) 743-33-22.

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