Minnie A Luken opened the Luken Art Studio of china decorating in her home at 747 West Harrison Street, Chicago, Illinois, in 1895, and endured in one form or another at various South Side locations through 1937. Minnie Luken was a prolific producer of florals and a few scenics. Her Forget-Me-Not pattern was a favorite of her customers. She worked for the Pickard China Studio for approximately one year, about 1912.
This gorgeous cabinet plate is a different motif than most from the Luken Studio. It is decorated with bunches of lush, ripe, red currents nestled among shaded green foliage with hints of brown. The background has shaded greens against the white blank. The gently scalloped border has an embossed design which is gold gilted. The plate measure 8 3/4" across and is signed 'Luken' within the foliage. It is stamped in green "A K over D over France", which designates the A Klingenberg Porcelain Company which was organized in 1890 and operated until 1910. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint.
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