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.
Florence M. James arrived at Pickard as a decorator early in 1905 and may have worked a little later than 1922. She did many naturalistic floral designs, the popular Dutch decoration and some scenic vellumns.
This beautiful cabinet plate in an country lake in autumn scenic pattern executed in a vellumn finish. It portrays a rural country scene of a quiet grassy hillside with various size leaf laden trees overlooking a placid lake with shadowy shore and gently rolling hills in the far distance against a partly cloudy autumn sky. The color pallet is a combination of lavender, golden yellow, tan, brown, blue, gray, white and green hues. The border is enhanced with gold trim.
The plate measures 8 1/2" across and does not display the makers mark which is probably obscured by the Pickard Mark #7, circa 1912-1918, black decal stamp over a gold maple leaf. The piece is signed 'F James' on the front. There are no cracks, chips, or repairs; the gold is bright and colors beautiful. A wonderful 'Florence M James' creation.