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 clusters of a variety of nuts nestled among leafy foliage as it rests on four shell feet. The variegated brown nuts and shaded green leaves are illuminated by the shaded tan to brown background and butterscotch interior. The sculptured rim is gold trimmed. The bowl measures 8" in length, 7" in width and 4 1/2" 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; gold wear on the edge.
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