1890 F.R. Unterberger Porcelain Portrait


1890 FR Unterberger Porcelain Portrait


Franz Unterberger was a romantic style painter of architectures, water scenes and landscapes. He produced most of his artworks using oil on canvas technique. Franz is best recognized for his Italian scenic paintings featuring intimate views and large vistas of Italy’s iconic cities. On the other hand, his romantic atmospheric painting style is still very popular. His artworks are currently displayed in some of the most important museums in Europe and America, while others are owned by private collectors.

Franz Richard Unterberger was born on August 15, 1838 in Innsbruck, Australia. He was one of 11 children of an art dealer. Unterberger started his studies in 1853 at the Munich Academy, alongside Julius Lange and Albert Zimmerman. In 1860, Franz continued his studies at Düsseldorf, which was the favored academy for Scandinavian painters studying abroad. Here he produced several atmospheric mountainous scenes. By the 1870’s Unterberger was already exhibiting in major cities across Europe including: Paris, Boston, Munich, Brussels, Berlin and Vienna among others.

Portraits done by Franz Richard Unterberger are very rare as he, for the most part, painted landscapes. This Porcelain dish has his red seal which reads: “FR. UNTERBERGER IN INNSBRUCK” and shows the red splay winged eagle.  The plate is four in. across.


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