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.
Edward S. Challinor was probably the most notable of the Pickard Studio family of great artists. Edward was born in England in 1877 and began his apprenticeship in the family pottery at the age of seventeen. He married in 1899 and in 1903 left his wife and daughter to find employment in America. Joining Pickard in Chicago, his family soon joined him. He was not only a fine artist, but accomplished musician and a good actor. It is said he mixed his own colors, a secret he never shared with the other artists. He became a master of the china decorating medium, especially in his later pastel-colored scenics. His career spanned 1903 until his death in 1952. In 1926 he was promoted to the post of art director of the company,
This gorgeous cabinet plate was executed during the first several years that Challinor was at the Pickard Studio. It portrays a naturalistic view of a branch of raspberries, from which hangs luscious fruit is shades of light pink to crimson, nestled among a cluster of leaves in shades of variegated greens to autumn yellows and tans. Several white and yellow blossoms almost hidden in the background insure that more berries are to come. The background shades from medium green to blue/green to creamy yellow with hints of gray, pink and aqua. The scalloped edge is decorated with a wide gold band separated from the central motif by a scrolled, crimson ribbon.
The plate measures 8 5/8" across and is stamped with the Rosenthal Co. mark, circa 1898-1906. It also carries the Pickard Mark #4, circa 1903-1905, used at the Carriage Barn Studio. There are no cracks, chips, or repairs; the gold is bright and colors vivid. A wonderful early "Challinor' creation.