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 1902-1903, is decorated with a branch of rich, ripe red raspberries nestled among variegated green and blue foliage and soft pink-white blossoms. The background is hues of soft pastel yellow and maroon shades. The border has a lovely maroon scroll with the edge trimmed in gold.
The plate measures 6 1/4" across and is stamped in green 'JPL Limoges' and with the Pickard Mark #2, maroon decal, circa 1898-1903, used at the LaSalle Studio. Artist initialed "JIK" for Jacob I Kietus, who came to Pickard in 1902 or 1903 and was very good developing soft moods in his fruit compositions. He went on the work for Jacob Stouffer in 1905. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Beautiful fruit plate.