J.H.Stouffer Company, Chicago, was founded in 1905 and continued in business until 1952. Known as a premier china decorating establishment during the era of the other great Chicago decorating studios. Jacob H. Stouffer was the seventh of nine children, born in the village of Adeline in North Central, Illinois.
This lovely sugar and creamer set is decorated with shaded light to dark blue and white forget-me-not flowers, nestled among soft green leaves and floating blue pedals. The pale blue top borders are separated from the white-ware bases by a delicate line of blue blossoms and petals. The arched handles, cover finial and trim is decorated with gold. This style was made famous by the Minnie A Luken Studio of Chicago. The sugar measures 5 1/2" from handle-to-handle and 2 1/4" in height; the creamer measures 4 3/4" from handle-to-spout and 1 7/8" in height. Both pieces are stamped with mark #4 in red "Hand - Stouffer - Painted", circa 1906-1914; and 'O & E G - Royal Austria", the back-stamp of Oscar and Edgar Gutherz Porcelain Company, circa 1899-1918. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint condition.