Minnie A Luken opened the Luken Art Studio of china decorating in her home at 747 West Harrison Street, Chicago, Illinois, in 1895, and endured in one form or another at various South Side locations through 1937. Minnie Luken was a prolific producer of florals and a few scenics. She worked for the Pickard China Studio for approximately one year, about 1912.
This wonderful oval dresser tray is decorated with the forget-me-not pattern which was a favorite of her customers. The oval tray, circa early 1900's, has a wide pastel blue border with narrow gold rim. The creamy center is bordered with a gold scroll design and features a huge swag motif of delicate shaded pastel to medium blue and white forget-me-not flowers with soft green leaves on either side of the tray. Soft pastel pink highlights appear in the background. The tray measures 12 1/2" in length and 8 3/4" in width. Marked in green "M Z Austria" for the Mortiz Zdekauer Porcelain Company, circa 1891-1917. The artist signature "Luken" in on the front of tray. There are no cracks, chips, repairs or paint wear. A beautiful example of Minnie's decorating skills.
Item ID: RL0001860
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