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This is a gorgeous old art nouveau piece from the Pickard Studio of Chicago, done on Haviland Limoges porcelain. The pattern is called Daisy Multiflora and it is signed on the front, Fisher, for Pickard artist Emil J.T. Fischer. The plate features a ring of naturalistic white daisies and green leaves on a black background encircled on both sides with 24k gold rings and a band of white, which is also encircled by a broader band of the gold. The very pale mottled yellow center of the plate is bisected by a large stem of daisies with stylized flowers at both ends, all done in raised, heavy 24k gold. Fischer’s signature appears on the plate at the end of a gold daisy petal.
A bowl in Fischer’s Daisy Multiflora design appears in The Collector’s Encyclopedia of Pickard China by Alan B. Reed (p. 180). In the eighteen years he was with Pickard, Fischer signed his name Fischer, Fisher, Fish, and EF. (It’s interesting to note that the cover picture on Reed’s book is of a Fischer piece, shown on p. 201).
The plate measures 7 ¾” in diameter. Marked on underside with Haviland, France in green, which is Haviland’s Limoge mark for 1894-1931 (Gaston, Mark 12, p. 178). Also marked with Pickard’s brownish-red circle, Mark 5, which was used from 1905-1910 (Reed, p.71).
There is some gold loss at the ends of some of the raised gold enamel daisies (see photo close-up), and some small shallow utensil marks, but the overall condition of the plate, given its age, is excellent. There are no chips, or cracks, and no crazing or repairs. This is a stunning item representing Limoges, Pickard and one of Pickard’s outstanding artists, Emil Fischer.
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Limoges, Pickard Art Nouveau Plate, Signed by Artist Emil Fischer
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