J.H. Brauer emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1890 initially settling in New Jersey. By 1902 he was in Chicago decorating chine 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 relish or jelly dish, circa 1910, is decorated in a floral motif of pastel pink wild clover blossoms and soft blue cornflowers, nestled among shaded green leaves, many of which are delicately outlined in gold. This is set against a background of creamy yellow and light blue. The gently scalloped edge and handles are gold trimmed. The piece measures 7 1/2" in length, 4 1/2" in width and 1 1/4" in depth. It is initialed by the artist "MH". Stamped on the base with the maker "AKD France" which is the mark of A. Klingenberg & Dwenger who were manufacturers, decorators and exporters of Porcelain from 1900-1910. It also carries the black Mark #5, circa 1911-1926, for the J.H. Brauer Studio. There are no cracks, chips or repairs.