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 set of 5 cabinet plates, circa 1912, each exhibit a different arrangement or variety of nuts, including English Walnuts, Filberts and Almonds, executed in shades of light to dark brown, against a tan background with shaded brown foliage, accenting the harvest. The plates are composed with twelve sides and are trimmed with a wide gold border outlined with a delicate red line.
Each plate is signed "Vokral" who worked for Pickard from 1898-1922. His long tenure at the Pickard Studio included many variations of his specialty, nuts and autumn leaves. All plates carry the Pickard Mark #7, gold maple leaf with Pickard decal, circa 1912-1918. The plates measures 7 1/2" across. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; each plate does have some paint wear near the verge of the plate due to storage over the years. This is seen as white areas in the photos. The set has been priced with this natural wear in mind.