German-made Jasperware: Easy to Find & Underappreciated
This German-made Jasperware, like this plaque depicting classical scene, are very unappreciated items and often sell in the $80-$200 range at auction.
“Jasperware” was originally developed by Josiah Wedgwood during the mid 1700’s. The Wedgwood company was one of the most innovative companies of its time, and often its popular lines were copied by other potteries based in Staffordshire, England and in Europe. This particular piece, like many late 19th century examples by Wedgwood’s Continental imitators, is unmarked, but is very similar to marked examples produced by Schafer & Vater and the Aelteste Volkstedter Porcelain works during the turn of the 19th century.
The Schafer & Vater Porcelain Factory was located in Volkstedt Rudolstadt, Thuringia, Germany. Gustav Schafer and Gunther Vater wanted to produce high-quality porcelain and founded the Schafer & Vater Porcelain Factory, which, in turn, purchased the List Porcelain Factory at Neuhaus in 1896. In 1910, Sears Roebuck & Company had begun to import and distribute Schafer & Vater pottery into the United States, and S&V produced a series of these high-relief plaques, depicting Greek classical scenes, portraits of 18th Century Aristocracy and even Native Americans, such as Chief “Broken Arm of the Sioux.”
Values for these pieces has not appreciated much in recent years, a result of online auctions and media coverage by “Antique Roadshow” events bringing a great number of Jasperware items out of storage and into the market. In the current market, comparable German-made Jasperware plaques like the one above, depicting classical scenes, are very unappreciated items and often sell in the $80-$200 range at auction.
Mike Wilcox, of Wilcox & Hall Appraisers, is a Worthologist who specializes in Art Nouveau and the Arts and Craft movement.
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