This large porcelain wall charger, transfer decorated in blue on a white field, was made by the firm of Boch Keramis in La Louviere in eastern Belgium. The pattern was named "Delfts," as the pieces in this line show scenes of Dutch country life and are inspired by traditional Delftware. This scene was originally created by artist J. Sonneville, who signed his name in the plate that created the transfer (these Boch porcelains are not hand signed on each piece, nor are they hand painted). It features children sledding on the ice, with a ship, a cottage and a windmill in the background.
The cobalt blue printed mark on the back of this wall plate reads "MADE FOR ROYAL SPHINX HOLLAND BY BOCH" and "Delfts." Prior to the year 1969, the Royal Sphinx brand was made by the Petrus Regout factory in Maastricht, The Netherlands. They ceased making these pieces that year and Boch then manufactured them for Royal Sphinx until 1979. This explains why this mark features the Boch name prominently, but also includes "made for Royal Sphinx." It also neatly dates the platter to that ten year period.
The platter has a scalloped rim with a lovely floral band. It measures 15 1/2 inches in diameter and 2 inches high and weighs 4 3/4 pounds. Two holes are drilled in the foot rim for hanging; it came with a limp piece of string through the holes which will need to be replaced with something more sturdy. It can, of course, be propped on a shelf or on a stand or inside a china cabinet, also. The charger is in excellent condition, with no chips, cracks or fading of the color. It's a pretty piece that adds a Euro country touch to your décor.