Made at Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, Austria, Vienna (Austrian), Possibly decorated by Johann Claudius Herr (Austrian, active 1791–about 1838), Possibly decorated by Lorenz Herr (Austrian, active 1804-28 and later)
Overall: 5.2 x 34 cm (2 1/16 x 13 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration
Not On View
Ground dish center decoration after Ruben’s The Four Continents, border elaborately gilded reserves, alternating with oval medallions surrounded by blue rims with overlay of gilt leafage, center painting signed by Herr.
During the early nineteenth century, the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory produced many “picture plates” painted with scenes that faithfully reproduced old master paintings; this one, copied from Peter Paul Rubens’s The Four Continents of about 1615. The elaborate border decoration, with raised and flat gilding, is typical of the factory’s high-quality, luxury production.
Painting on front signed: Herr
shield in underglaze blue (indistinct); impressed year mark 810 [for 1810]; turner's mark impressed 10; incised 2 (faint)
1880, Paul Pavlovich Demidoff, 2nd Prince of San Donato (b. 1839 - d. 1885), Florence; March 15 - April 10, 1880, Demidoff sale, San Donato Palace, part of lot 540. Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)
Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection