Liebesgeheimniss (Love’s Secret) – An Exceptional Vienna Porcelain Charger Mounted in a Rectangular Gilt-Bronze and Zsolnay Pécs Tile Frame, By Franz Wagner, After The Painting By Gabriel Von Max.
Signed lower left ‘F. Wagner Wien’.
Titled in script to the reverse ‘Gabriel Max / Liebesgeheimniss’ and impressed with ’00’.
Underglaze blue Beehive mark to the reverse.
This exceptional charger is finely painted by Franz Wagner with a charming scene of a cherub whispering in the ear of a beautiful maiden in a pastoral setting, after the celebrated painting by Gabriel Von Max (1884). The charger is set within a very fine gilt bronze and Zsolnay Pécs ceramic tile frame, imitating cloisonné.
The complicated and exacting process of painting on porcelain became very popular in the mid to late nineteenth century. Drawing inspiration from old master portraits and genre scenes, artists were able to achieve incredible images imbued with a luminous beauty through the translucent quality of the porcelain.
Franz Wagner was a member of the famous Wagner family of porcelain painters working from Starhemberggasse in Vienna in the late nineteenth century. They were particularly noted for their fine detail and historicist portraits after famous artists such as Asti and Delaroche.
Diameter of charger 24 inches.