I spotted this at a fair and knew I had to have it! It's a beautiful and really unusual find - one of the earliest royal silver wedding commemorative item ever issued. This is a keeper for sure.
Dating from 1864, it is an earthenware plate with a central transfer print decoration of King Willem III of the Netherlands (1849-1890) and his first wife Queen Sophie, all in black transfer print, made by Societe Ceramique Maastricht. Around the edge of the plate is a gorgeous blue transfer decor with banderole lessons that says 'Je Maintiendrai' between acorns and oak leaves.
As you'd expect for a well travelled old plate, there are signs of wear and tear, including a little nibble from the top right, and a crack on the bottom. The patina underneath is warm, rather than white, with some fabulous crazing. All shown in the photos below.
Further description: Underneath the portraits is an inscription in Javanese and reads” Bagindo Ratu Welandi, Bagindo Mohorojo Welandi”.
The lower row is in Arabic and reads “Baginda Ratu Olanda, Baginda Maharaja Olanda” both translated in English as Her Majesty the Queen of Holland and His Majesty the King of Holland.
In the centre, between the inscriptions, the words “Java” and “Samarang” appear. Samarang is the capital of North Java. At this time Indonesia was ruled by the Dutch. This plate was issued in 1864, and was for sale in the Dutch Indies.