This is a French Haviland Limoges 10 ¼" plate, painted by the Pickard artist, Frederick Kriesche, and signed by the artist in two places. The first signature in on the lower right end of the scene; the second signature is on the exquisite gold work on the rim of the plate, above and slightly to the right of the tree. The date is circa 1898 to 1920.
There is no decorating mark for the Pickard Studio. Sometimes the mark wears away with age, sometimes it was never marked, or sometimes the artist painted the piece outside of the studio.
Look closely at the rim of the plate. The artist did brilliant gold work, the finest I've ever seen, with swans and trees spaced at intervals around the rim, all in gold and raised against the gold rim. The gold work is of such high quality I believe it is why the artist signed the rim also.
The scene shows three swans floating on a pond, with the shadows of the birds reflected in the water. There are water lily pads. On the far side of the pond are steps leading to a path with a fence adorned with flowers. In the background are trees, and a sky with white clouds. Be sure to zoom in on the photos as the art work is just amazing.
In the "Collector's Encyclopedia of Pickard China" by Alan B. Reed, the version of the book with values updated in the year 2000, the artist' work is shown. If you look on page 111, Plate 69, you will the artist's work portrayed on a vase, showing a fish swimming in water with attention to the gold work. The author writes on page 60, "His Carp Pond (referring to the fish swimming in water vase) portraying a fish in gold currents illustrates his skill at its best." Now look at this plate. The artist's work on the plate is much more significant and amazing than the "Carp Pond" vase.
The artist's works at this level of skills are rare to find on the antique's market today.
There are no chips, cracks or crazing. There is no fading or wear to the gold.
The green maker's mark is Haviland France.
The underside of the plate shows some dark smudges that I believe were caused by the artist.
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