Our exquisite antique Bavarian porcelain cabinet plate was made from a Monbijou-era mold and faithfully decorated in that style. With a lavish pink and yellow rose design, this stunning Monbijou Style Antique Porcelain Cabinet Plate With Lavish Rose Floral Design & Gold Enamel Beading features scalloped and beaded edges accented by a gilt trim. The Monbijou line of china was introduced by Rosenthal in 1896 and used until 1906. The literal translation of 'Monbijou' is 'My Jewel' and this line of Bavarian china is both eclectic and valuable, feasturing intensely detailed, scalloped and ruffled porcelain items. Typically, the Rosenthal factory created the white ware china, and then sent the pieces out to be hand-painted and decorated by the most talented porcelain artists. As a result, each piece of Monbijou porcelain is one of a kind! The hand-decorated details of Monbijou porcelain generally included lovely, multi-colored floral spray transfers and centerpieces, and decorative, scalloped rims with raised details, often hand painted with enamels. The edges of Monbijou pieces are often hand-painted in gold to bring out the exquisite detail of the ruffled scallops.
Although unmarked, this gorgeous Monbijou Style Antique Porcelain Cabinet Plate With Lavish Rose Floral Design & Gold Enamel Beading has all the characteristics expected of a piece of Monbijou porcelain, and it looks as if it were decorated by a professional artist, rather than an amatuer. It was not unknown for porcelain pieces produced during the late 19th and early 20th century to be unmarked, even by famous manufacturers such as RS Prussia and Hutschenreuther. There are a number of possible explanations why this particular plate is unmarked, with the most likely being that the plate just wasn't marked when it was returned to the factory. Another likely explanation is that the white ware was purchased by the artist, decorated, and then sold or gifted on the side.
Measuring 8-3/8" in diameter, our translucent antique Bavarian porcelain plate is lavishly adorned with rich floral transfers at the center and intermittently at the outer border. The external scallops of the Monbijou Style Antique Porcelain Cabinet Plate With Lavish Rose Floral Design & Gold Enamel Beading highlight the floral design in relief, contrasted by a gilded border ornamented with gold enamel beading. The textural effect of the beading and the floral relief is breathtaking! Crimson scallops punctuate the floral transfers of the outer border, with gilt transfers and gold enamel liberally adorning the interior surface of the plate. There is a glaze pop, a couple of small specks of crimson paint, and a few spots of enamel on the back side of the plate, bearing witness to the fact that this Monbijou Style Antique Porcelain Cabinet Plate With Lavish Rose Floral Design & Gold Enamel Beading was decorated by hand. There are a few spots of slight wear to the gilt enamel, and four very slight lines of wear less than a quarter inch in length caused by friction from a hanging plate holder (those things should be banned!). We were unable to effectively photograph the wear marks, they are so slight. Aside from these issues, this Monbijou Style Antique Porcelain Cabinet Plate With Lavish Rose Floral Design & Gold Enamel Beading is in near-perfect condition for its age, with no cracks, chips or other defects that would affect its utility or mar its beauty.
We have priced this beautiful plate to sell, and have thrown in an unbelievably low shipping price of $5.00.
You need this plate in your china cabinet!
BRIEF HISTORY: The 'Monbijou' line was one of the earliest Rosenthal lines bearing the R and C crown with crossed swords. The Monbijou line was actually named after the Rococo style Summer Home of Sophia Dorthea, wife of Frederick William I. Mon Bijou was vewry well known for its charming gardens, but unfortunately, the chateau, which was located in Berlin, was reduced to rubble during World War II and was never rebuilt.