This is a French Limoges centerpiece bowl hand painted by the artist Edith Arno. The artist was a china painter for the decorating studios in Chicago, including Pickard, Stouffer, and Pitkin & Brooks. Arno also owned her own decorating studio. The artist either painted the bowl during her time at the Pitkin & Brooks studio or as a special commission when she was working at one of the other studios. The date is the 20th century, circa 1907 to 1919.
You can find Edith Arno’s work featured in the book by Alan B. Reed titled, “Collector’s Encyclopedia of Pickard China.”
The maker of the porcelain is Tressemann & Vogt.
The bowl is about 4 ¼” high and about 9 ½” wide.
The decoration is one of autumn leaves in shades of red, brown and green, and outlined in gold. There are clusters of finely detailed acorns. There are large background leaves in a blue-gray color.
Inside the bowl, the featured pattern is a solid gold banner, outlined in black, with the leaves and acorns in display over the banner. You can see the artist’s signature to the right, above one red and green leaf.
The leaves and acorns are painted inside and outside the bowl.
The rim of the bowl has an irregular edge and is trimmed in gold. There is gold wear along the edge, and there is one small nick on the edge, covered in gold. I show a close-up photo of the nick. To the right and left of the nick in the close-up photo is where there is gold wear on the edge.
The bowl rounds down into a large foot. The edge of the foot has a wide gold border. There is a dimple in the porcelain on the gold border that the artist covered with gold. I show a close-up photo of this indentation.
There are no other chips, cracks or crazing.
The green underglaze mark is T&V inside a box, followed by Limoges France Depose.
The red overglaze decorating mark is a circle; the outer circle contains the words “Hand Painted Exclusive” and the inner circle has the initials “P&B.”
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