Hand painted china is so beautiful if done in a factory decorating department, professional studio or a small home-studio environment. During the late 1800's and early 1900's china decorating became a favorite hobby of many American ladies who would purchase china blanks from various companies and create their own works of art.
This lovely hand painted serving/dresser tray, circa 1910, was executed in a home studio. The elegant oval shaped tray has a raised 7/16" edge which will help hold and glass-ware or food items you are carrying from sliding off, as well as hold your vanity items in place. The tray is adorned with four cartouches of pastel pink and shaded purple flowers nestled among medium green foliage. The four cartouches are linked together by a garland of additional purple blossoms and leaves. The upright handles, tray's edge and sculptured interior band is gold gilt. The piece measures 16 1/2" in length and 10" in width. The white-ware porcelain blank carries the back-stamp "Thomas Bavaria", used by Fritz Thomas Company from 1908-1939. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Unfortunately the piece is not signed by the artist. Near mint condition.