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 1903-1905, is decorated with a central gold cartouche containing a single pansy blossom from which flowing stems of additional blossoms and leaves. The gently scalloped border is adorned with more blossoms connected by delicate stems. The pansy flowers are a varying combination of beautiful purple, violet and yellow shades with dark-to-light variegated leaves. The flowers and stems are delicately outlined and highlighted with gold gilt. The background is a soft pastel yellow with wide gold border trim.
The plate measures 6 3/8" across and is marked "France - Bmoem - Limoges". Stamped with the Pickard Mark #4, brown decal, circa 1903-1905, which was used at the Carriage Barn Studio. Artist signed "Beutlich" for Anton Berthold Beutlich who worked for Pickard from 1898-1925. He was born in Norway in 1870 and emigrated to Boston in 1885 and on to Chicago. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Beautiful and well executed.