Hand Painted china was very popular during the early 1900's. The striking colors and imagined scenes that were professionally completed in a factory , studio, or by a skilled artist who created everlasting art that would be as fresh and new 100 years later as when it was painted. During the late 1800's and early 1900's hand painted plates became a favorite hobby of many Americans. China blanks were purchased from many French, German, and Bavarian companies and beautiful works of art were created by professionals and hobbyists.
This lovely hand painted set, was completed in a formal studio. The motif consists vines laden with ripening currents, in shades of oranges to light browns nestled among leaves in shades of green, brown and yellow with pastel pink and white blossoms promising more fruit to come. The background is a muted combination of brown, apricot and yellow. The work of art is signed by the artist, Mattie W. Poole.
Mattie Poole was a well known artist from Moline, Illinois. Most of her work was done in the early 1900's. Her studio hand painted thousands of high quality pieces of china for display. This set includes the cup, saucer, and dinner plate, all done in the same colors and style that was popular at the turn of the century. This set is in superb condition and even 98%+ of the gilding is in tact. The dinner plate is 8 1/2 inches in diameter, and the saucer and cup are of appropriate size.
GDA was the Limoges, France manufacturer of the china blank. The mark dates from 1900 until 1953.
Limoges France China Dinner Plate, Cup & Saucer by Mattie W. Poole