Painting portraits on porcelain plates
According to art historians, in the period of late 1800s and early 1900s, interest in classical portrait painting on canvas declined. So, increased the production and consumer interest in portraits, mostly of beautiful and well known women, on porcelain plate. Besides, increased the production of painted plates, cups and saucers, vases, urns, chocolate pots, ewers, pitchers and plaques. Meanwhile, most of the porcelain painters copied their portraits from earlier well known paintings. These were oil on canvas works by such famous artists as Rembrandt, Thomas Gainsborough, Anthony van Dyck, etc. Although produced for commercial reasons, nonetheless, many of the portraits on porcelain were of very high quality. Nowadays, these works of art – highly valued and appreciated for artistic achievement and beauty in their own right.