Here's one of those pieces that helps us earn the "Odd" in Odditiques. This charger or plaque was made by Utzchneider & Co. in Sarreguemines, France around the turn of the century, but that's certainly not the odd part. The scene shows a German or Alpine beer garden, all nicely idyllic right down to the birds in the arbor. We have one guy with a pipe and hassling the server, one guy passed out while the server still pours him more beer, one guy off to the side not looking too happy, and a glass and cards littering the ground. Okay, nothing new in all that......until you pay attention to scale and detail and realize that these appear rather childlike. I don't know why they did it or what tradition they're playing with, and I'm sure people would through an absolute fit if a pottery produced this plate today, but it's still a quirky delight. You can have fun inviting friends over and waiting to see if they notice.
decoration is transfer. It looks like there's some
handcoloring, but I think that's more illusion and
wishful thinking that reality. The metal rim is
non-magnetic and fairly thin but has a neat Greek Key
variant in the openwork. The metal rim is a bit of
a mystery for me. Something had been splattered on it in
the past, so it had to be cleaned. It doesn't
shine up like silverplate but shines up more than
pewter. It could be aluminum, which would be unusual for
Condition: very good, but there is a chip on the back rim. It doesn't hurt the aesthetics at all, and it also still hangs with no trouble. Of course, all our sales are fully guaranteed.
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