Pickard, Inc., the premier Chicago decorating studio was founded by Wilder A. Pickard, who was born on a farm near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. His first studio was located in Edgerton, Wisconsin, and soon was relocated to Chicago where it still exists today. The largest and most famous decorating Chicago studio, Pickard attracted the best of the best artists of the time.
Edward S. Challinor was probably the most notable of the Pickard Studio family of great artists. Edward was born in England in 1877 and began his apprenticeship in the family pottery at the age of seventeen. He married in 1899 and in 1903 left his wife and daughter to find employment in America. Joining Pickard in Chicago, his family soon joined him. He was not only a fine artist, but accomplished musician and a good actor. It is said he mixed his own colors, a secret he never shared with the other artists. He became a master of the china decorating medium, especially in his later pastel-colored scenics. His career spanned 1903 until his death in 1952. In 1926 he was promoted to the post of art director of the company,
This gorgeous handled cake plate is the 'Golden Pheasant' scenic pattern. The center of the plate portrays a beautiful pair of golden pheasants in shades of golden yellow, burgundy and black, sitting on a branch among an array of pastel pink wild rose blossoms against a background of muted gray, blue and green trees and foliage encircled with a gold encrusted border. The outside border is ablaze with clusters and garlands of a variety of pastel colored flowers with the rim banded with gold. a border also used on the Italian Garden and Versailles Garden pieces.
The cake plate measures 9 5/8" across, 10 1/2" across the handles, is signed 'E Challinor' and carries the Pickard Mark #10, circa 1922-1925, a gold coin which is incised "Pickard Etched China". The blank is stamped "B & Co. - Limoges - France". There are no cracks, chips, or repairs; the gold is bright and colors vivid. A wonderful "Challinor' creation.
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