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 Pickard plate is decorated with bunches of lush red currants suspended from rust/brown vines and nestled among variegated green to tan foliage. The background is a soft creamy shade with subtle hints of pastel apricot, blue and yellow. The gently scalloped edge is trimmed with gold.
The plate measures 8 1/4" across and does not display the makers mark which is probably obscured by the Pickard Mark #7, circa 1912-1918, red decal stamp over a gold maple leaf. There are no cracks, chips, or repairs; the gold is bright and colors vivid. I can not find an artist signature.