What appears to be an unassuming portrait of a lovely lounging lady quickly takes a cheeky turn when you flip this dish upside down and strategically cover her head.
Optical illusions, such as the one on this trinket dish, were incredibly popular in the late Victorian era through the 1920s. You may have seen the many Victorian skull illusion prints where often times two figures and strategically placed lamp light gives the illusion of a skull. Perhaps one of the most popular art pieces depicting optical illusions was that of Salvadore Dali's L'Amour De Pierrot from 1920.
This risqué little scalloped corner ceramic dish features a striking transfer printed image that has been hand colored, a popular technique since the 1750s. Beautiful metallic gold accents give this campy piece the appearance of fine china -- the perfect ruse for your more delicate, conservative guests.
Date: 1910s Materials: Ceramic, paint Measurements: 5" x 5" Markings: Marked 35 or possibly SE on the bottom Condition: Very Good Some of the transfer image has come off at her elbows. The gold paint used to line the edges of the dish, but has mostly rubbed off. Some of the gold details are fainter than others. There are a few tiny blue spots on the underside edge that look to be in the glaze. It is not visible unless you turn the dish over.