Because the overwhelming majority of Royal Vienna cabinet plates are human portraits of one sort or another, I was surprised and delighted to discover this charming ‘cats’ plate on Pinterest.
It was retailed by Le Palais Royale in Havana which dates it to the late 1800s or very early 1900s. No size was cited but it can be assumed to be the typical average of 9″ or thereabouts.
Speaking of retailers, I happened upon an entry in the August 1902 issue of Glass and Pottery World in which there was a report about the current market in Chicago. A wholesale company named Bawo & Dotter had mounted an exhibit of their “immense line of imported, china and bric-a-brac.” The reporter went on to describe how the range included an “endless variety” and that “It is rather a novelty to see Royal Vienna plates which retail for $25.00 on display within a few feet of the 5 and 10 cent articles.”
Twenty-five dollars for a Royal Vienna plate…..where’s Doc Brown’s time machine when you need it?!?