This gorgeous Bavarian cabinet plate was made by famed Rosenthal China during the years 1907 to 1933. The unusual hand painted artwork pictures three groupings of seashells in delicate pastels, set against a background of pale shades of blue, green and pink with a lovely undersea look. Sections of brown criss-cross netting and tiny plants complete this painting, signed with the artist's initials H.B.J. at the lower left. The detail and realism is exquisite; while nature was a favorite subject for cabinet plates, this is the first one we've had with anything other than a floral motif.
This plate measures 8 inches across and about 1 inch high; it weighs about 11 ounces. The rim, which is scalloped, has a narrow line of gilding, which is in pristine condition, as is the pure white porcelain and the artwork. There are no chips, cracks, crazing or discoloration and just some minor "shelf wear" to the foot rim. The green stamped mark on the underside of the plate reads "Rosenthal Bavaria," a company founded in 1879. For over 130 years their porcelains have been admired and coveted for their fine quality.