Plate

1903-1904 (designed), ca. 1904 (manufactured)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 140, Factory Ceramics
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Place Of Origin

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


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Cast porcelain with hand-painted underglaze decoration
Brief Description
Plate, cast porcelain with hand-painted underglaze decoration, designed by Henry van de Velde, manufactured by Meissen, Germany, ca. 1904.
Physical Description
Cast porcelain plate, circular with wide moulded rim, which has linear patterning delineated and with chequered in-fill in underglaze blue.
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 27cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • Crossed swords and '52' (Painted in underglaze blue)
  • '1 82' and a crown within a rectangle (Impressed)
Object history
(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.
Subject depicted
Bibliographic Reference
Hiesinger, Kathryn Bloom, ed. Art Nouveau in Munich, Munich, 1988, 19 p.
Collection
Accession Number
C.36-1990

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record createdOctober 31, 2008
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