Hand painted porcelain is beautiful and unique no matter if executed in a factory decorating department, professional studio or small home studio environment, the end result is what really matters. This lovely complete nut serving set was undoubtedly executed in a home studio but expresses professional design and execution.
This set, circa 1920, consists of a master serving bowl and six individual nut cups. The motif is consistent throughout the set and portrays an array of English Walnuts, Hazelnuts, Filberts and Almonds with others with shaded brown leaves as a backdrop. The background is a soft biscuit tan with gently embossed trim accented with gold. The motif is very similar to the 'Nut Harvest' pattern from the Pickard Studio. The master bowl measures 7 3/8" across, 8 1/4" from handle-to-handle and 1 5/8" in depth. The individual cups are round and measure 3 3/4" across and 1" in depth. Each piece is artist signed "Wands" and the manufacturer stamp in green "GDA - France". In 1900 Edgar Abbot became a partner with Gerard and Dufraisseix, formerly GDM, and renamed the company GDA. The company was sold in 1941. There are no cracks, chips, repairs or decoration wear. A lovely complete set.