This is a Japanese Noritake lidded milk or cream pitcher, though I've also seen it identified as a demitasse chocolate, coffee or tea pot; an item can have more than one function. The material is hard paste porcelain. The pot is hand painted and signed by the acclaimed American Pickard artist Anton Richter. The date is 1919 to 1922.
Anton Richter was one of the top artists affiliated with the Pickard China decorating studio in Chicago. He studied at art schools in Bohemia and Paris, and he owned his own decorating studio in Dresden for 20 years before being hired by Pickard.
The pot is 5 ½" to the top of the finial and 5 ¼" wide from spout-to-handle.
The pot and lid are etched with tiny flowers on trailing stems in the gold. There is a glazed medallion on the front of the pot with a painting of pink roses in a basket with a blue ribbon on top. A band of white glaze is near the top of the front and back with more hand painted tiny pink roses. The "Rose Basket" is a pattern produced by the Pickard Studio; it was painted by several Pickard artists on different blanks, and not solely by Richter.
The artist's signature is "A. Richter" and the signature is on the back, over the white glaze, below the pink rose on the far left.
The handle and finial are gilded in gold. The edges are trimmed in gold. There is some slight wear to the gold on the edge of the lid. There is some rubbing wear to the gold trim on the rim of the pot, due to the lid resting there, and consequently some rubbing wear to the underside of the lid. There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing.
The inside of the pot, the underside of the lid and the bottom are glazed white.
The pot holds about two cups of liquid.
The pot does not have the maker's mark for Noritake. However, the book, "Collector's Encyclopedia of Pickard China" by Alan B. Reed, shows this pot on page 201, Plate 529, and the author identifies the blank as being made by Noritake.
The black Pickard studio mark is "Pickard Etched China" inside a decal.
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