J.H. Brauer emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1890 initially settling in New Jersey. By 1902 he was in Chicago decorating china for Pickard and by 1903 he was advertising his own studio operating out of his home. His organization grew slowly, but included many prominent artists of the era. His business closed in 1926, a year after his death.
This beautiful hand-painted pitcher is decorated with clusters of lush purple grapes nestled in foliage of autumn shades of variegated green, yellow, gray and apricot against a background of golden yellow, russet and brown. The gently scalloped rim is decorated with gold. The gracefully shaped pitcher measures 7 1/4" in height, 6 3/4" from spout-to-handle and 5 5/8" across the base. Stamped in green with mark #3, circa 1905-1910, and in blue "B P Co/ F O" for the Bell Pottery Co., Findlay, Ohio, circa 1898-1904. Artist signed "J Brauer" on the front near the base of the handle. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; gold wear on the rim. Fantastic color pallet and attention to detail from Brauer's early period.
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