19th Century German Hanau Silver Plate with Medallion Portrait Pattern
An elegant hand-hammered repousse silver plate with an alternating pattern of men's faces in medallions, framed by wreaths and swooping ribbons. This plate is an example of the amalgamation of historic styles, which was typical and preferred of most Hanau Silver. This plate has a French style, reminiscent of the Romantic period. Hanau Silver, is quite unique as it was made in the constructed city of Hanau, a free-trade city in Germany that brought silversmiths from all over Europe to produce fine antique silver. The 'father' of this industry was August Schleissner. He was highly knowledgeable in French Silver styles and brought his designs to Germany.
The bottom of this plate has three marks, including the silver content 800 and slightly faded Hanau pseudo marks, which I can't identify, but the plates dates to being a late 19th century Hanau silver piece. The most notable of Hanau Silver makers was the Georg Roth & Company, which produced silver that leaned strongly on French styles just like this one. The plate measures 10-1/4 in diameter, is quite shallow, about a 1/2 an inch tall except for the high relief in the texture and execution of portraits. The plate weighs 489 grams, and is quite solid. The silver has a great finish and is in great condition for its age. A great addition to a silver collection.
SEAT HEIGHT: 10 in
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