The D'Arcy Studio opened in 1903 in the back of an upscale jewelry store in Kalamazoo, Michigan. They became world famous for very high quality art pieces comparable to Pickard's of Chicago, Illinois. Pickard, as well as other famous Chicago decorators stole away a number of D'Arcy artists over the years. The studio was renown for their rose designs.
This beautiful D'Arcy hand painted dresser or vanity tray is done in one of their famous rose patterns. The center of the oval tray is covered in a wild rose motif of clusters and single pastel pink-to-white wild roses and opening buds nestled among shaded light to dark green foliage on brown thorn covered branches. The blended muted background incorporates creamy yellow, brown, green, lavender, purple and blue all enhancing the wild roses in all their glory. The upturned edge is slightly scalloped with a gentle embossed design and delicate gold trim. The tray measures 12" in length and 8" in width and carries the mark "Elite over L over France", circa 1896-1920. Also stamped with the red logo stamp "D'Arcy's Hand Painted" and the number "1603". Artist signed "Bennett". There are no cracks, chips, repairs or enamel wear. A great D'Arcy creation.