Hand Painted china is beautiful no matter if executed in a factory decorating department, professional decorating studio or by skilled individuals in a home studio environment. During the late 1800's and early 1900's this became a favorite hobby of many American ladies who would purchase china blanks from various companies and create their own works of art.
This beautiful celery tray, circa 1910, was decorated in a home-studio environment but is exquisitely executed with branches of shaded pink apple blossoms with yellow centers nestled among shaded green leaves and soft pastel gray highlights. The background shades from a soft blue-gray border to white in the bowl of the tray. The colors are separated by a narrow gold line. The piece is artist signed, which is partially obscured by the decoration.
The tray measures 12" in length and 5 1/2" in width with decor-style cut handles. The back-stamp "JHR - Hutschenreuther - Selb - Bavaria", circa 1857-1920, designates the Lorenz Hutschenreuther Porcelain Factory, which was in business under this name from 1857-1969. There are no cracks, chips, repairs or decoration wear. Lovely tray with numerous uses.