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.
This lovely hand painted cabinet plate, circa 1905-1910, is decorated with a naturalistic motif of white apple blossoms, large yellow centers and unopened buds nestled among variegated green and golden tan leaves delicately outlined with gold. The background is a unique, soft mint green with a beautiful scalloped border and internal scrolls of gold finely outlined and decorated with burgundy enamel.
The plate measures 8 1/2" across and is stamped in green "Limoges France". It is marked with the Pickard Mark #5, brown decal, circa 1905-1910, which was the first mark used at the Ravenswood Studio. It is signed "Keates", for Alfred Keates, who worked for Pickard from 1903-1910. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Beautiful plate.
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