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 beautiful hand painted 6-piece set, circa 1912-1915, is decorated with a variety of English Walnuts, Almonds, Filberts and Peanuts in their shells. The interior and exterior shades from tan to light to dark brown, with images of shaded brown fall leaves accenting the harvest of nuts. Each piece is decorated with a different assortment of nuts. The serving bowl has flared sides and handles, while the individual cups are round in shape; all pieces rest on three ball feet. The wide borders, handles and feet are solidly decorated with gold.
Each piece is signed "Vokral", one with just a "V", who worked for Pickard from 1898-1922. His long tenure at the Pickard Studio included many variations of his specialty, nuts and autumn leaves. Marked with the Pickard Mark 7, circa 1912-1918, red decal over gold, which is earlier than the black decal. The serving bowl is 3" in height and 6 1/2" from handle-to-handle. The individual cups are 1 1/8" in height and 3" across. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Great set, early marking and wonderful artist.