Gorgeous Bavaria 1905 Hand Painted Vibrant "Violets" 10-1/2" Floral Plate by Edward Donath Studio Artist, "Rech"
Edward Donath Studio:
Edward Donath was born in Selb Bavaria in 1871 coming from a family of China Decorators
who worked for both Hutschenreuther and Rosenthal. Young Edward was a skilled decorator
at an early age and many experts believe he also decorated for these two great Studios before
emigrating to the U.S. in 1893. The skills that Donath learned in Germany almost immediately
landed him a job with the new & fledging Chicago Decorating Studio, Pickard in 1894. Donath
started his own Studio in downtown Chicago, while also still working for Pickard. By the time
Donath finally ended his tenure at Pickard in 1905, Pickard was well on its way to being the
foremost China Decorating Studio in America. Donath was now a well known and accomplished
Artist having entered his fine creations previously into the Central Arts Association Exhibition as
well as the Chicago Ceramic Art Association Exhibit at the Chicago Art Institute.
The Edward Donath Studio ran from 1897-1903 & 1905-1928. During this time he employed
some of the best artist in Chicago including former Pickard Artist, Adolph Heidrich, Max Rost,
LeRoy, George Stahl, J.Heinz, J. Rene, as well as Carl Koenig and other noteworthy master decorators.
The Studio met with great success and became one of Pickard chief rivals over the next 25 years.
Alan Reed in his Pickard Collectors Book devotes eight pages to this great studio and many fine photo
examples of its great works.
This is a fine early, 1905-1910, example by Edward Donath Listed Studio Artist, “J. Rech”.....a beautiful
hand painted Floral Plate on a unmarked Bavaria blank.
The attractive Bavaria hand painted Floral Plate, which measures 10-1/2" wide, has been beautifully
decorated with large & vibrant "Violets", on stem & leaf, against a background of shadow leafing &
background colors of cream, cream yellow, and several shades of cream lavender-purple. Wonderful
gold accenting with a black leafing flows into the gorgeous Plate with heavy gilded gold covering the
two large handles and outer rim.
The superb Bavaria hand painted "Violets" Floral Plate is in excellent condition and totally free of chips,
cracks, or other damage.........with the extensive gilded gold between excellent and pristine.
The exquisite hand painted vibrant "Violets" Floral Plate has been signed by the Edward Donath Artist, "Rech".
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