Here we have a 1920s to 1930s porcelain Krautheim & Adelberg Selb Bavaria Germany plate featuring the portrait of an American Indian chief with feather headress. Besides being a stunning piece, with cornflower blue edge and detailed gold floral trim, the plate appealed to me as it hit home a phenomenon that I have long been curious about. From a Wikipedia article regarding German fascination with Native Americans: "Native Americans in German popular culture have been an important cultural motif since the late 18th century. Since then, a cultural fascination with Native Americans has had specific influences on German popular culture, environmentalism, literature, art, historical reenactment, theatrical and film depictions of Indigenous Americans. Hartmut Lutz coined the term Indianthusiasm for this phenomenon. Native Americans in German popular culture are largely portrayed in a romanticized and idealized manner, that relies on historicised stereotypical depictions of Plains Indians, rather than the contemporary realities facing the real, and diverse, Indigenous peoples of the Americas. Those stereotypes mostly follow the stock image of the Noble Savage. Sources written by German people are also prioritised over those by Native American peoples themselves." Indeed, the Indian chief in this plate is a Plains Indian, and is exactly that noble, romanticized icon. It was made by porcelain manufacturers Krautheim & Adelberg, founded by Christoph Krautheim (1854-1933) and in 1889 joined by brother-in-law Richard Adelberg. The company started out buying and painting blank porcelain, but by 1912 began making its own porcelain versus buying blanks. After Christoph Krautheim's death in 1933 the firm was taken over by his son Richard. The last owner was Georg Krautheim and the factory closed in 1977. If you want to learn more about German fascination with Native American culture, here is a 2013 article from Indian Country Today, written by Red Haircrow. It has a gamut of Native American viewpoints about whether this fascination is something by which to be offended or flattered: https://indiancountrytoday.com/archive/germanys-obsession-with-american-indians-is-touchingand-occasionally-surreal
This plate measures 10-1/4" in diameter. The gold edges show slight signs of wear. Otherwise in good vintage condition. No chips or cracks.
A beautiful old cabinet plate with an interesting contextual backdrop.
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