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  • Place of origin:

    Germany (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1903-1904 (designed)
    ca. 1904 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Velde, Henry van de, born 1863 - died 1957 (designer)
    Meissen porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast porcelain with hand-painted underglaze decoration

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 140, Factory Ceramics, case 22, shelf 1

Physical description

Cast porcelain plate, circular with wide moulded rim, which has linear patterning delineated and with chequered in-fill in underglaze blue.

Place of Origin

Germany (manufactured)


1903-1904 (designed)
ca. 1904 (manufactured)


Velde, Henry van de, born 1863 - died 1957 (designer)
Meissen porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Cast porcelain with hand-painted underglaze decoration

Marks and inscriptions

Crossed swords and '52'
Painted in underglaze blue

'1 82' and a crown within a rectangle


Diameter: 27 cm

Object history note

(Note in Register) It seems possible that van de Velde designed the linear pattern only and that the chequered in-fill was a slightly later addition by the factory. See also C.37A&B-1990.
Henry van de Velde was invited to produce designs for Meissen in 1902, two years after they had been severely criticised at the international exhibition, Paris 1900, for their over-reliance of traditional forms and their unadventerous production policy. He produced some highly stylish patterns, using the traditional Meissen underglaze-blue painting technique. This pattern is one of the best known of "Art Nouveau" designs for table ware.
Van de Velde was invited to design for Meissen a year earlier than Riemerschmid and produced a service which took no account of Meissen tradition except in the use of underglaze blue.

Descriptive line

Plate, cast porcelain with hand-painted underglaze decoration, designed by Henry van de Velde, manufactured by Meissen, Germany, ca. 1904.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hiesinger, Kathryn Bloom, ed. Art Nouveau in Munich, Munich, 1988, 19 p.




Hand-painted; Underglazed

Subjects depicted

Geometric patterns


Ceramics; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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