DESCRIPTION: A beauty! This particular pattern portrays a ‘cluster of violets’ with the most lovely handpainted detailing and vibrant color. On a pale green background, violets float across a porcelain canvas accented with thick leaves, complemented by a wide band of gilt and gold rim. The hard paste fine porcelain blank is simplistic and brings attention to this beautiful work of art.
About the Artist. Curtis H. Marker worked at Pickard Studios between 1910s-late 1920s. From the moment of his arrival he produced premium-quality work. His ‘Calla Lily’ design was painted at age 26 and at an early age, he displayed superb talent in color and design. Other patterns that he mastered are ‘Italian Garden’ ‘Yosemite Falls’ ‘Wildwood’ and ‘Hawthorne’ that placed him on par with master artist, Edward Challinor. Other important works featured florals and fruit, his specialty was dark moonlit scenery.
I consider handpainted porcelain pieces to be original works of art to be treasured for generations to come as each carries historic significance. If you are just beginning your Pickard collection, this affordable and significant piece created by this master Pickard artist is a brilliant foundation.
Pickard China ranks among the finest china made anywhere in the world. Over the years, it has been selected to produce exclusive fine china services for heads of state and many prestigious hotels, restaurants and corporations including Air Force One, Camp David, Blair House and the United Nations. The King of Saudi Arabia, the U.S. Air Force and the Queen of England are among a few who have chosen Pickard for their finest dining (source: Pickardchina).
WHY I LIKE IT: Early Pickard pieces have historical significance representing the entrepreneurial spirit of the United States and this exceptional American company. “Cluster of Violets” is perfect for your dining or outdoor table during the Spring and Summer seasons.
Backstamp(s): WA Pickard HandPainted China (in dark red overglaze). Mark 7: 1912 - 1918
CIRCA: 1912 - 1918
DIMENSIONS: 6-3/4” diameter
CONDITION: Excellent. No chips, cracks, crazing or repairs. Tiny and minimal spots of gold loss on rim; in-production anomalies may exist i.e. light brush finishing marks.
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