Hand Painted Porcelain Soup Bowl Removed from Martin Bormann’s Home in Berchtesgaden-This is a super rare offering. This 10” diameter hand-painted bowl was part of a larger set presented to Hitler at the Berghof by Admiral Miklos Horthy (1868-1957) of Hungary in 1937. The name of the pattern is VBO (“Victoria with golden rim”) named after its first customer Queen Victoria of Great Britain. The reverse of the bowl shows the Herend Porcelain manufacturing mark; the eagle with swastika and an arm clutching a sheaf of corn-denoting Horthy’s coat of arms. The bowl was removed from the Martin Bormann home in the Berghof area by a pilot of the US air force who lived in Seattle. Several other examples of this set have come to light over the years, but most were destroyed after allied troops arrived at the house in May 1945. Another example is also on permanent display at the 45th infantry Division museum in Oklahoma.
The soup bowl itself measures approx. 10” across and there is no need to describe the beautiful detail to both the top and the bottom of the plate, as you can see that in the photos. Suffice to say that the colors are all striking, and this porcelain work of art has a great deal of symbolism. It also happens to be in perfect condition! We will supply the buyer with more details, but we do not have the name of the veteran. In this case, we have details alluding to the acquisition and more a line of pedigree that will communicate to the buyer.