Pickard, Inc., the premier Chicago decorating studio was founded by Wilder A. Pickard, who was born on a farm near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. His first studio was located in Edgerton, Wisconsin, and soon was relocated to Chicago where it still exists today. The largest and most famous decorating Chicago studio, Pickard attracted the best of the best artists of the time.
This lovely hand painted cabinet plate, circa 1905-1910, is decorated with a nasturtium plant covered with rust and yellow blossoms in solid and blended colors nestled among soft green and gray foliage. The background is a pastel creamy yellow with light blue and soft pink highlights. The gently scalloped edge is trimmed with gold and additional gold ornamentation.
The plate measures 8 5/8 across and is stamped with the green Rosenthal porcelain mark, circa 1898-1906. It is also stamped with the Pickard Mark #4, brown decal, circa 1903-1905. The plate is artist signed "F. W." for Frederick Walters who worked for Pickard from 1903-1918. The plate has a tiny chip along the edge which resulted in a tight one inch hairline extending into the plate (see photos of front and back). This is not apparent without close examination. Beautiful plate priced accordingly.