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 pair of hand painted pin/trinket trays were executed in a home studio by individual and talented artists. They both depict the artist's interpretation and presentation of the forget-me-not floral pattern made famous by the Luken Studio in Chicago. The first tray features clusters of variegated white and pale to dark blue forget-me-not blossoms nestled among shaded green and gray leaves attached to slender brown stems against a pastel blue border flowing into a creamy center with hints of pink highlights. The edge is decorated with a generous gold band. The tray measures 5 1/4" in length, 3 1/2" in width and is stamped "Limoges U C France". The second tray features a large cluster of pastel to medium blue forget-me-not blossoms and floating petals with a ribbon of delicate brown scrolls and blue petals separating the pale blue border and white-ware center. The edge is decorated with gold. The tray measures 5" in length and 3 1/2" in width and is stamped "AKD - France" and the artist's signature "Poole". There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint.