Antique and vintage porcelain plaques
Antique and vintage porcelain plaques are highly collectible works of art, which were at their height in the 18th century. Porcelain plaques were often incorporated into items of furniture as an alternative to marquetry or painted panels.
Others were produced as stand-alone works of art. Both these and furniture featuring porcelain plaques can attract significant interest among collectors at auction.
Often featuring portraits, those 18th century porcelain plaques that remain in good condition retain their original vibrancy of colour, in contrast to marquetry, which generally has faded.
Antique or vintage?
Porcelain plaques produced more than 100 years ago are classed as “antique” according to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition.
“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.
Notable sales of antique and vintage porcelain plaques
A still life porcelain plaque, signed and dated by Joseph Nigg in 1835, sold for £252,000 at Sotheby’s London in July 2004.
A Thomas Godey circa 1870 US neo-Grec cabinet, featuring a classical attire porcelain plaque, sold for $45,000 at a Neal Auction Company sale in February 2005.
A pair of Sevres portrait plaques, depicting Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie of France, painted in 1855 by Pauline Laurent, sold for £72,000 at Sotheby’s London in June 2005.