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 1905-1910, is decorated with a naturalistic setting of daffodil blossoms and opening bud with creamy white petals, pale to deep golden yellow throat and brown stamens. The blossoms are supported on study stems hidden among long slender variegated green and tan leaves against a pastel yellow background with apricot highlights. The wide gold border contains three small delicate daffodil flowers with leaves.
The plate measures 8 5/8" across and is stamped in green, "Haviland France". It is marked with the Pickard Mark #5, brown decal, circa 1905-1910, which was the first mark used at the Ravenswood Studio. It is signed "O, Goess", for Otto W Goess who worked for Pickard from 1904 - 1910. He joined Pickard at the age of nineteen, one of the studio's youngest, yet best trained artists. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Beautiful naturalistic floral plate.