While the vast majority of KPM plaques were copies of famous oil paintings, some were decorated with portraits of actual people.
Such plaques were mostly made in early 1900s, on special orders.  While they are hand painted, they resemble photographs more
than actual paintings, probably because they were often painted off a photograph rather than a live model.
Regular KPM plaques were always very expensive. Having your own portrait or a portrait of your husband, wife or children put on
a KPM plaque was even more costly.  So the people we see on such plaques today were the upper class in Europe and America
from early 20th century who could afford to order such art work for themselves. They wear contemporary clothes and don't always
look beautiful as they were after all real people unlike some idealistic women painted by Angelo Asti.
"Photographic" plaques are very easy to spot and tell apart from regular Victorian and Art Nouveau style KPM portraits.
Besides the style, all the "photographic" plaques have one more thing in common - a wide background margin around the portrait.
The actual plaque could be pretty big but the portrait would only occupy a small area  in the middle.
Even thought they're always well painted, "photographic" plaques are not very collectible with a value around $500 or less
depending on the size and attractiveness of the subject.
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