J.H. Brauer emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1890 initially settling in New Jersey. By 1902 he was in Chicago decorating china for Pickard and by 1903 he was advertising his own studio operating out of his home. His organization grew slowly, but included many prominent artists of the era. His business closed in 1926, a year after his death.
This beautiful hand-painted powder box and hair receiver is decorated with a forget-me-not floral pattern and consists of clusters of pale to medium blue flowers nestled among pale green leaves and subtle pink highlights. The floral displays are connected by a gold scroll design which separates the light blue borders from the white-ware blanks. The bases, covers and round opening is trimmed with gold. Both pieces measure 3 1/2" square and 2 1/2" in height. Each is stamped in black #5 Brauer mark, circa 1911-1926 and in green "IT UNO Favorite Bavaria", the export mark used by C Hutschenreuther Co. Bavaria for U.S. wholesaler Burley & Tyrrell Co., Chicago, circa 1912. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint.