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 medium outer floral band, bordered by narrow olive green and gold ribbons on either side. The medium band is decorated with a continuous winding garland with clusters of three blossoms, in alternating shades of blue, with green leaves against the white blank. All the floral images are outlined with black. This plate is #3 of three plates painted by an artist with the superimposed initials "LEF" and dated "09". The plate measures 7 1/4" across and is stamped in green "GDA over France". In 1900 Edgar Abbot became a partner with Gerard & Dufraisseix, formerly GDM, and they renamed the company GDA, which was sold in 1941. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint. Great Arts & Crafts design.