The Arts and Crafts movement in America would not have come into being without its British predecessor. The concept of beautiful craftsmanship carried to the United States through newspapers and periodicals, and inspired the formation of Arts and Crafts Societies in cities such as New York, Boston, and Chicago in the late nineteenth-century. The overarching goal of the American Arts and Crafts Movement was to stimulate American craftsmanship in the decorative arts, which included artisans of jewelry, furniture, and ceramics. The American Arts and Crafts movement ended by the 1920s, as industry and mechanization moved into the forefront of the American national identity. However, the artists left us with a legacy of distinctive objects from a period when beautiful craftsmanship was not only valued, but highly sought-after.
This beautiful hand painted Arts & Crafts cabinet plate, circa 1900, is decorated with an inter-circle of four stylized white lotus blossoms which are connected by three narrow gold bands. The blossoms and gold bands are outlined with black, the wide border a beautiful medium blue shade, gold rim and the white porcelain blank makes a stunning design. The plate is #5 of seven plates offered for sale and painted by Mabel Shikles; not all are artist signed, this one is signed "Shikles". The plate measures 7 1/2" across and is stamped in green "Germany". There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint. Great Arts & Crafts design.