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 fabulous, unique, hand painted bowl, circa 1898-1903, is round in form with the rim divided into three lobes with rolled edge. At the points the lobes meet there are three looped handles attached to the lower portion of the body. The bowl is decorated with a naturalistic motif of oak leaves and acorns, in shades of brown, tan, variegated greens and golden yellow. The background is a mix of golden yellow, russet and dark brown. The loop handles and rolled edge is adorned with gold.
The bowl measures 8 1/2" across and 3 1/8" in height; the porcelain blank is unidentified as to maker. It is marked with the Pickard Mark #2, 5/8" maroon to pale brown decal, circa 1898-1903, which was used at the LaSalle Street Studio It is signed "JN", for John Nessy, who worked for Pickard from 1898-1918. Nessy was born in Prague, Bohemia, in 1855 and emigrated to the Unites States in 1895. While at Pickard he created designs of fruits, flowers and nuts. He joined the Stouffer Studio in 1922. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint condition. Beautiful piece.
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