What a colorful vase this is! This rare, stylized design features three large poppies and swirling stems and leaves. Gold penwork outlines and accents the flowers, stems and leaves. The background color is a rich green at the top and fades to a bright yellow near the bottom. There is a wide gold border at the top and bottom which has an iridescent glaze over it, and outlines of poppy buds. The blank is unmarked, but carries the Brauer Studio decorating mark 4 (1910-1916) and has the artist's signature E. Challinor (Challinor, Edward S.). Challinor was associated with Pickard Studio in Chicago the longest of any of the artists....from 1898 through 1938 and beyond. During this time frame he left to work at other Chicago decorating studios for brief stints, but always came back to Pickard. This vase was handpainted during his employment with Brauer Studio in Chicago. The vase stands about 7 1/2" tall and is about 5" across the widest area. The painting and the gold borders are all in very fine condition. There is, however, a small chip at the rim with a tight hairline running about 2" down from it. Also there is some gold wear on the inside edge of the rim (see photos). In spite of this flaw, the rare and unusual pattern makes this a unique find!