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Plate Fit for a King


Q: I have enclosed a photo of a lovely porcelain plate that my grandmother had. She would be in her 100s now, so it must be very old, and I am curious about its origin. The plate is oval and is approximately 8 inches long. Marked on the back of the plate is a crown between crossed swords and the letters "R.C." Below that is the word "Versailles." What can you tell me about the age, maker and value?

A: Rosenthal China Co. made your dish. They have made porcelain in Bavaria, Germany, since 1879. The mark you described was used from 1891 to 1906. "Versailles" is the name of the palace of the French king, King Louis XIV, and is the name of the pattern.

The value of your dish would probably be $35 to $50.

Q: I have enclosed the mark that is on the bottom of a porcelain pitcher that I have. My godmother gave it to me in the 1960s. The pitcher is decorated with the image of a young woman in relief. It stands almost 5 inches tall and is decorated with a white glossy finish. I have treasured my pitcher all these years and would like to know more about it. I also have been wondering if I should have it insured and what its value is.

A: Royal Bayreuth porcelain factory made your pitcher. They have been located in Tettau, Bavaria, since 1794.

Your pitcher is an example of their Art Nouveau Lady series, which reflected the Art Nouveau movement of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Pitchers, candlestick holders, toothpick holders, vases, bowls, baskets and dresser sets were some of the pieces in the series. They can be recognized by the Art Nouveau graceful young woman in relief, the curvilinear designs that were inspired by nature and the white satin finish. The pitchers were available in three sizes, a 4 3/4-inch milk pitcher, a 4-inch cream pitcher, and a 6 1/2-inch water pitcher.

Royal Bayreuth porcelain factory has used several different marks over the years. The one you've provided was around 1900. The company is still in business. A few years ago, the value was around $800. Today it is much less. An insurance value for your pitcher would probably be $150 to $200.

Address your questions to Anne McCollam, P. O. Box 247, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Items of a general interest will be answered in this column. Due to the volume of inquiries, she cannot answer individual letters. To find out more about Anne McCollam and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at



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