The company of Lazarus Straus & Sons, New York, was founded in 1869 and successfully specialized on the import and resale of glass and ceramics. By 1874 they convinced R.H.Macy (Macy's) to allow shop-in-shop departments in their stores. The Lazarus Straus based New York and Rudolstadt Pottery Company, Inc. was founded in 1882.
This lovely and decorative console/serving bowl is in the shape of a large scalloped open shell. The soft ivory bisque ground is very typical of English 19th century makers of similar wares. The interior of the bowl is decorated with burnt orange poppies with brown centers and opening buds, extending from olive green stems and leaves with all floral features delicately outlined and highlighted with gold. Brushed gold streaks dot the background. An impressive shell-shaped handle in brushed gold and narrow gold rim completes the motif. The bowl measures 11 3/4" by 10 1/2" with a depth varying from 2" to 2 1/2". Marked with the blue crown stamp and "RW" indicating the Rudolstadt works, circa 1895-1924. There is also an "M" and "b" in gold which probably indicated the decorator(s). There are no cracks chips or repairs; a minor gold rub near the center of the shell handle (see photo). Great piece.