This fantastic porcelain plaque takes after an important 19th Century work by the celebrated German artist Heinrich Hoffmann (1824-1911). The original is one of Hoffmann’s most famous paintings of Christ and depicts a scene from the story, originally told in the Gospel of St Luke, of when twelve-year old Jesus, separated from his family on a pilgrimage back from Jerusalem, is later found in a temple speaking with the elders and astonishing them with his precocious intelligence.
The work is full of sensitive narrative detail, as the elders are shown intently listening to the prodigious child who appears pensive and determined. The original was formerly hung in the Gemäldegalerie Neue Meister, Dresden, and is now part of the collection of the Riverside Church in New York City.
This plaque is one of many extremely fine porcelain copies of important German paintings made by the Berlin-based KPM factory during the 19th Century. This remarkable plaque remains extraordinarily faithful to the original painting, with every detail expertly rendered on porcelain. It is also notable for its large size, measuring over 70cm in width.
The plaque is marked to the reverse with the sceptre mark for KPM, and is set within a giltwood frame.
Dimensions are as follows:
Plaque: height 41cm, width 55cm
Frame: height 58cm, width 72.5cm, depth 6cm