Antique Royal Bonn Rose Cake Plate circa 1885-1920 - Franz Anton Mehelm Bonn Rhein Germany
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. Friedrich Nietzsche
Hailing from the creative land that produced Beethoven, Nietzsche and Marx came Franz Anton Mehelm, the 19th and 20th-century pottery designer from Bonn, Germany who made a range of porcelain and earthenware serving pieces and decor. He called his pottery Royal Bonn and carried out making exquisite pieces of fine china from 1836-1931. Some of his most collectible pieces today are his porcelain mantle clocks and vases, both rich in romantic style and imagery. What is especially eye-catching about Mehelm's pieces is the combination of details like this plate offered here. It was made between 1885 and 1920 and contains lustreware, embossed styling around the rim and transferware making a delightfully decadent art piece as well as a practical serving dish. It also contains two design styles - emerging art deco and floral Victorian, giving it a sense of two design worlds blending together as history changed from the 1800's to the 1900's.
- Pastel color palette includes celery, pale gold, lavender, mint green, blue cabbage, grey, lemon yellow and white. Please note, this dish is much more celery green overall in color than it is pale gold, but the gold kept dominating the camera!
- Shiny lustreware
- Detailed rim with shell embossing, scalloped edge and fluted darts
- Stamped on back with both the Royal Bonn pottery mark and Franz Anton Mehelm's mark
In bright and shiny condition, this plate contains no chips or cracks but does contain some rub marks where the colors have worn to a bright white in spots. Please see photos.
Measures 11.25" inches in diameter.
Equally gorgeous for wall display or service on the table, this plate looks stunning paired with other bright white dishes where its unique character and colors steal all the attention. It looks especially pretty with this antique ironstone platter
If you like to mix and match your dishes for a more eclectic, bohemian style it looks especially fabulous (thanks to a matching color palette!) with this 1970s dinner plate.