Posted 6 years ago
This is one of my favorite family heirloom plates. I love the hand-painted flowers and the soft colors. The plate's MZ Austria mark was used by Moritz Zdekauer on porcelains made at their Altrohlau, Austria, works from 1884-1909. Since 1909, the company has changed hands but kept the MZ trademark because it was so well recognized. The company is still in operation and goes under the name Starorolsky Porcelan Moritz Zdekauer. I’ve had a history lesson while researching this plate. For years I thought it was made in Austria. Well, it was....and it wasn't. I couldn’t locate Altrohlau, Austria, on a map. That’s because the town is now known as Stara Role in the Czech Republic! Much of Czechoslovakia was in the Hapsburg Empire in the late 1800s. I’ve discovered the company was started in 1810 in what is now Stara Role and eventually had warehouses in Prague, Vienna and Pest. On our European vacation last year we visited all of these beautiful and historic cities! I wish I would have known the history of my plate when we were in Prague, which is only about 100 miles from where my plate was made.