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 gorgeous hand painted candy/nut/relish dish, circa 1915, was executed in a home studio by an experienced artist. The oval shaped dish has flared sides and cut-in handles. It is decorated with clusters of medium to deep blue and white forget-me-not blossoms nestled among shaded green foliage, with the clusters joined by narrow green stems. The deep sides of the bowl are hues of pastel blue with pink highlights that flow into a creamy base, with the rim and cut-in handles gold decorated. The piece measures 8 1/2" in length, 5 1/4" in width and 1 3/4" in depth. The white-ware porcelain blank carries the back-stamp "Noritake - Nippon", used on white-ware blanks for export, circa 1911. The piece is also artist signed "Brown" in gold letters. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint condition.