During the first part of the 20th century...more specifically 1900--1920's ...the times were known as the golden era for porcelain decorating. Thousands of would be artist decorated porcelain as a hobby and sometimes, if they had an artistic proficiency, and sold hand painted pieces to the general public. Chicago was the epic center of the porcelain craze with hundreds of professional studios operating in the Chicago area during the first quarter part of the Century. The most well known decorating Studios in the country such as Pickard, Brauer, Donath, Osborne, and Stouffer all operated out of Chicago during this golden era. The original Marshal Fields operated a huge retail store in downtown Chicago....where many of the professional artist had their creations sold.
This fine creation recently found in suburban Chicago is the work of George Babcock. Mr. Babcock operated his own decorating studio in Chicago from 1915--1917. The quality of his work speaks for itself. You will find George Babcock listed in Alan Reed's Pickard Collector Book.
This specific piece, that Mr. Babcock decorated and signed, displays a nice size Dresser Tray [11-5/8" X 8-5/8"] with well done "Petite Pink Roses" on stem and leaf....set against a creme and pink background. Heavy gilded gold...almost pristine... graces the outer rim. Additional gold stenciling outlines the two different background colors.
The Dresser Tray is in excellent condition and totally damage free. The gold, as mentioned, is near pristine.
The Tray displays an early B & Co. France mark and is artist signed, "Babcock".
The beautiful soft colors makes this a sure winner for displaying in your bath or vanity area.
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