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Plate

Manufacturer:
Ceramic Art Company (American (Trenton, New Jersey), 1889–1896)
Decorator:
Bruno Geyer, Austrian, active late 19th century to early 20th century
Date:
ca. 1904
Geography:
Made in Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
white bone china, painted with polychrome glazes with red border and gold pastework
Dimensions:
Body diameter: 10 3/8 in. (26.4 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Emma and Jay Lewis, 2013
Accession Number:
2013.961.5
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Cabinet plates decorated with portraits, flowers, or birds and richly bordered in raised gold paste were fashionable in late-nineteenth-century Paris and Vienna. Bruno Geyer, a Viennese artist about whom little is known, specialized in portraits after European paintings. This plate features a copy of a self-portrait after Angelica Kauffmann. The skill of the artist is evident in the exquisite detail and shading of the painting and in the execution of the raised gold paste border. The original drawing for the border design, called the “Tiffany Special,” is in the Lenox Inc. Archives; the name refers to the luxury emporium that had exclusive rights to sell the plates. A notation on the drawing notes the border was designated for “Geyer Heads,” indicating the design was specifically created for the artist’s portraits.
Purchased by the present owner at Christie's New York, October 29, 2002, 19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics, lot 323. Prior to the sale, this plate was part of the Pompey Collection of New Jersey collector, Arthur V. Colletti.
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