Exceptional Vintage Limoges France & Julius Brauer Studio of Chicago 1905 Hand Painted "Grapes" 10" Fruit Decor Bowl
The Julius H. Brauer China Decorating Studio opened its doors in Chicago in 1903. Brauer started his illustrious career as one of the Pickard Studios earliest artist and worked for that Studio from 1898-1903. Within a few years the Julius Brauer Studios became one of Pickard's biggest competitors, not only in Chicago, but throughout the country. Over the course of time that the Studio operated [1903-1926] some 23 different artist worked for him including eleven  former Pickard Artist. The Studio was tremendously popular putting out many variety of floral items, as well as Portrait, Scenic, and Animal decorated pieces. Alan Reed in his Pickard Collectors Book has an extensive section with 10 pages of history and photos of this outstanding Studio and fine examples of this great Artist works.
This beautiful hand painted Limoges & Julius Brauer Studio piece resided for many years in the North Shore Area of Suburban Chicago.
The gorgeous hand painted Julius Brauer Studio Fruit Bowl, which measures 10" wide & 2" tall, has been elaborately decorated in an Art Deco style, with rich "Purple Grapes", on stem & leaf, against a rich deep red-brown background color. A heavy, nearly 3/4" bright gilded gold outer border, decorated totally around with additional "Grapes" adds greatly to the beauty of this piece of Art. The intricate interior decor has been totally outlined in gilded fire gold giving the beautiful Bowl great presence.
The wonderful Limoges France & Julius Brauer Studio hand painted "Purple Grape" Bowl is in excellent condition and totally free of chips, cracks, or other damage with the extensive and bright gilded fire gold between excellent and pristine.
The charming vintage hand painted "Purple Grape" Bowl displays an early "Limoges France" mark & the Julius Brauer Studio Mark # 3, which was exclusively used from 1905--1910. Though it may be there, I cannot locate an Artist signature.
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NOTE: All Photos were shot outside, in several settings, in early morning Natural Light.
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