A vintage porcelain plate by Meissen. This piece features a hand painted vignette to the well, depicting Wotan and Brunnhilde in a scene from the Ring of Nibelung, an opera by Richard Wagner. They are clad in winged helmets, breastplate armor, and flowing robes. This motif is framed by a copiously encrusted gilt filigree on a citron rim, finished with lobed edge. The plate bears the blue crossed sword mark with a dotted hilt, indicating a production date c. 1880s-1920s. Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) was derived from Norse sagas. The opera debuted in 1876 in Bayreuth, Germany, a fifteen hour performance over the course of four nights. This vignette was likely derived from an 1883 illustration in the Rivista Illustrata magazine.
- double strike mark over the underglaze blue factory mark; minor marks and faint scratches.