ANtique 19th century European ALTER Portrait Porcelain Painting and Frame Mary and Jesus
Porcelain paintings were first produced in Europe during the middle of the 19th century. This Madonna and son, also called Madonna of the poor, would probably have been a smaller version of a well-known paintings of the day. The best ones came from KPM, Berlin's royal factory and have the KPM insignia etched on the back.These treasures are a rare find in todays artistic world. Portraits on porcelain were of very high quality and should be appreciated for artistic achievement and beauty in their own right. This one is one of the most beautifully detailed ones I have seen. AND it is in its original fretted brass hinged case with cover that was actually made by a jeweler for it. Dating in the 1800s, this masterpiece is SUPERB and the crisp details and strong colors in this piece is exquisite. ( I have more photos of this if you want to email me) Since it is a mother and child it would be one of the most touching gifts to a new mother to give to her child as an heirloom. Few people have the opportunity to own such a piece and this one will be one that is treasured for sure. The golden frame is made as many icons are, with the protective fret work hinged shutters on it in the front. This one is also hinged on the back so the painting can be inserted into it. The childs face on this is one of the most angelic and innocent of any I have seen so be sure to click on the photos to enlarge it. I know once you see it up close you will certainly be in awe of this most talented artist. The whole frame is 7 ½" x 5 ½" ( when opened) and the portrait is 3 ½" x 2 ½". The back of the portrait has a stamp with writing on it and an impressed E. . There are a few small chips on the edge of the back which do not effect the front when viewed . The frame which has the jewelers mark of MV with a hammer in-between is a high quality piece. It stands on its own and is very mechanical. I cant say enough nice things about this because everywhere you look, you see a long gone talent in the metal work to the tremendous painting. You are getting the metal frame and the portrait. The top photo is a digital border and not a frame for this.
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