Beautifully detailed hand painted orange-red poppies on stems of green with two-tone green leaves gracefully grow up each side of this Pickard-decorated Rosenthal Secession creamer from the early 1900s. The leaves are highlighted in gold to match the lavish gold trim around the rim, spout, and on the handle. A band of narrow, black S-scrolls and scallops, a hallmark of Pickard Studios, delineates the rim.
One poppy blossom near the handle has a very faint remnant of the artist's initials. Though these are nearly illegible, the artist Harry E. Michel was known to sign his initials "H.E.M." in just this way - in gold on one petal of the poppy. Michel left Pickard Studios in 1905.
This delightful creamer is marked with the Pickard circular Mark 4 in light brown, (Alan Reed's Collector's Encyclopedia of Pickard China,) and Rosenthal's R.&C. crown and crossed scepters mark with the word "Secession" in green underglaze. This Pickard mark was used from 1903 to 1905, which coincides with the Rosenthal mark which was used until 1904.
This creamer is a work of art and measures 3-1/2 inches in diameter, 5-3/4 across the spout and handle. It is 3-1/2 inches tall.
The gold is well worn on this turn of the century piece, but the poppies retain their beauty on this fine example of American art from a bygone era. There are no chips or cracks.
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