Edward W Donath was born in Germany in 1871 and emigrated to America in 1893. In 1897 he started his own studio which he operated until 1903. Donath then worked for Pickard Studio from 1903 until 1905 when he again launched out on his own. Some artists working with him were, Adolph Heidrick, Joseph Kittler and Max Rost. His studio closed around 1928 and he passed away in 1936.
This gorgeous Art Nouveau style plate, with cut-in handles, displays a cluster of lush, ripe blackberries and white blossoms, nestled among colorful foliage in shaded green/yellow/russet colors against a pastel muted background of off-white, patches of yellow and additional blue/gray leafage. The outer rim and handles are gold with a gold "V" at the top containing black tracery leaves. The plate displays the artists initials or name "Pep".
The plate measures 9 1/4" across by 9 1/2" across the handles. Stamped in red circle Mark #4, circa 1906-1928, "Hand Painted China E W Donath". It is stamped with the manufacturer logo "KPM - Germany", circa 1904-1927. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint.