Minnie A Luken opened the Luken Art Studio of china decorating in her home at 747 West Harrison Street, Chicago, Illinois, in 1895, and endured in one form or another at various South Side locations through 1937. Minnie Luken was a prolific producer of florals and a few scenics. Her Forget-Me-Not pattern was a favorite of her customers. She worked for the Pickard China Studio for approximately one year, about 1912.
This lovely set of three coup-style salad/dessert plates is decorated with her FMN pattern in shades of pastel to medium blue and white flowers accented by soft green leaves and floating blue petals. The wide soft blue border is separated from the creamy center by a band of delicate gold scrolls. The plates measure 7 1/2" across and are each signed 'Luken' within the foliage and stamped "Thomas - Bavaria", circa 1908-1939. There are no cracks, chips, nicks or repairs.