J.H. Brauer emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1890 initially settling in New Jersey. By 1902 he was in Chicago decorating china for Pickard and by 1903 he was advertising his own studio operating out of his home. His organization grew slowly, but included many prominent artists of the era. His business closed in 1926, a year after his death.
This lovely 7 3/4" cabinet plate plate, circa 1910, is adorned with several large California poppy blossoms in shades of pale pink with deeper pink highlights, surrounded by variegated green leaves and unopened buds. The muted background consists of shades of cream, pink, yellow and green with gold rim. The artist's signature appears but is difficult to decipher; I think it may be that of George W. Stahl. The marking in red is the mark #4, circa 1910 - 1916; the china blank is unmarked as to maker. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. A beautiful example from a premier Chicago decorating studio.