|Aesthetic Period Transferware|
In these "Mikado" dinner plates, the pattern is executed in deep brown transfer on a cream...
In these "Mikado" dinner plates, the pattern is executed in deep brown transfer on a creamy ivory body. Furnivals adds an extra sense of opulence through an extravagant use of enamel enhancements. The border around the flange is composed of six different Japanese ground patterns, all colored in a rich, almost metallic, bronze green. Around the inner edge, three floral devices colored in rich lapis blue alternate with delicate Japanesque studies, highlighted in pink, green and yellow.
In the center scene, a foreground grove of bamboo leads us along a fretwork fence, skirting an exotic garden bursting with mauve and yellow blossoms. At the end of the fence, a second story veranda circles a pleasure pavilion complete with festive paper lanterns hanging from the tile roof. This scene is framed with an inner border colored in brilliant, deep red-orange. Additional tendrils from the shrubbery in the center delicately fill out the the well of the plate. A gilt rim adds the final touch of opulence to the Furnival's Japanesque offering.
|Dimensions:||Diameter 10 1/4 in.|
Furnival's "Mikado" is an interesting example of how Japanism evolved in the hands of diff...
Furnival's "Mikado" is an interesting example of how Japanism evolved in the hands of different manufacturers. The multiple ground patterns and patchwork arrangement in the outer border indicate familiarity with the concept of the artistic arrangement sought by the public. However, while the exotic center scene conjures up everything one could imagine about the Orient, the composition shows a distinctly western use of perspective. Make a few simple changes in the details -- take away the paper lanterns and change the tile roof, fence and bamboo grove -- and the scene could become a vignette from one of the American Adirondack or Rocky Mountain wilderness camps which became popular a few years later.
|Price:||$ 125.00 ea.|