Hand painted china is so beautiful either done by factory decorators or skilled individuals in a studio atmosphere. During the late 1800's and early 1900's this became a favorite hobby of many American ladies who would purchase china blanks from various companies and create their own works of art.
This wonderful footed nut/candy bowl, circa 1900 was painted in a home-studio environment. The gracefully shaped bowl is completely surrounded by branches of expertly created pine cones nestled among pine needles as it rests on four curled feet. The light brown cones, darker branches and green/brown needles are illuminated by the pastel blue and shaded tan to brown background and butterscotch interior. The sculptured rim and feet are gold encrusted. The bowl measures 6 1/4" in length, 5 1/4" in width and 3" in height. The makers mark is covered by the painted underside. Unfortunately the artist failed to sign the piece. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint.
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