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Hand Painted Porcelain FMN Pattern Tea Bag Holders (2) - One Luken Studio, One Home Studio
Minnie A Luken opened the Luken Art Studio of china decorating in her home at 747 West Harrison Street, Chicago, Illinois, in 1895, and endured in one form or another at various South Side locations through 1937. Minnie Luken was a prolific producer of florals and a few scenics. Her Forget-Me-Not pattern was a favorite of her customers. She worked for the Pickard China Studio for approximately one year, about 1912.
For all those individuals who enjoy brewing tea one cup at a time, here are two lovely tea bag holders decorated with the FMN pattern. Both have different designs of pastel to medium blue and white flowers accented by variegated green leaves, floral garlands and gold trim. The round holder with handles measures 3 1/2" across the handles, is signed 'Luken' and the white-ware blank is stamped "Silesia". The adorable teapot shaped holder measures 4 3/4" from spout-to-handle was decorated in a more recent home studio setting and is not signed or marked. There are no cracks, chips or repairs.
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Ronald Bry, Oregon, IL
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