The dish shows the 'Weibertreusage', a story from German history. The scene is the end of a battle fought near Heibronn 1140, in which King Conrad III fought Welf VI for the crown of Germany. Conrad was victorious over Welf, and the tale is that Conrad permitted the women of the city to take their most valuable items into exile with them. The women decided to take their men, whom they carried out of the castle on their backs.
On the right of the dish can be seen a figure group with the victorious King Conrad III on horseback, and on the left are soldiers believed to be what is left of the defending army. Ruins still exist of this castle, called Weibertreu.
Along the sides and rim of the dish large-leaved naturalistic flowers form the base of the background. In the six oval cartouches appear scenes with a theme of the countryside. The appliques in the form of turtles and ribbons which support the flag are probably from a later date, as are the handles.
We are grateful to Dr. Helmut Seling for his assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.