Fabulous Vintage Limoges & France Studio of Chicago 1906 Hand Painted "Gold Grapes" Large Pedestal Jardiniere by "Robert France"
Robert W. France was 36 years old when he opened his soon to be famous "France Studio" in Chicago in 1906...a China Decorating Studio that would rival in quality of work the biggest china decorating studios of the era including Pickard, Donath, Brauer, Osborne, and Stouffer. Unlike other artist of the day, Robert France did not sign his work, electing instead to mark or hand letter his hand painted creations as "France Studio"...sometimes "France" and other times "France Studio Chicago". Robert France did employ some great artist during his studio days [1906-16] including former Pickard Artists George Stahl and Harry Griffiths, as well as Elsie Biegs, who later founded the Humboldt Studio and the exceptional artist, Edwarde Heyn. Alan Reed, in his Pickard Collectors Book, has ½ page devoted to this fine early Chicago Decorating Studio and photos of his work.
This is an exceptional hand painted decorated piece by the France Studio of Chicago; a large gorgeous Fruit decor Pedestal Jardiniere.
The gorgeous France Studio hand painted Fruit decor Jardiniere measures 12" wide from outer handle to outer handle, 10-3/8" tall, 10" diameter, a top opening of 8-3/8", and a pedestal base that is 6-5/8" wide, The beautiful hand painted Pedestal Jardiniere has been lavishly decorated with large gilded gold grapes, on each side, that have been outline in black and sit against a Matte Green background decor. Heavy gilded fire gold graces the top rim up to 1-1/4" on the outside and 3/8" of gold on the inner rim. Two large & impressive handles have each been gilded in gold as is part of the Pedestal base in two separate areas.
The attractive hand painted France Studio "Gold Grapes" Pedestal Jardiniere is in excellent condition and totally free of chips, cracks, or other damage with the extensive gilded fire gold excellent throughout with only a hint of wear on the high points of the handle.
The outstanding Pedestal Jardiniere with the "Gold Grapes" has been decorated on a "Limoges France" blank and signed "France Studio".
My photos hardly do justice to this beautiful piece of art...............as it has great presence.........and is perfect as a center piece for a table or counter.
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NOTE: All Photos were shot outside in Natural Lighting. Colors, including gold decor, will look sharper and brighter than inside photos.
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