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Pickard Bowl by M. Rost LeRoy

Posted Monday, September 26 by CAG

Carole from Wisconsin writes,
"I have been unable to find any information about this Pickard bowl, signed by M Rost LeRoy. It is 14.5 x 6 inches deep. From the mark, I guess it to be from 1903 to 1905. It does have another mark, D & C over France.

Thanks for any help you can give me."
Pickard LeRoy bowl.jpg
To start, your dating of the mark is almost certainly correct, since M. Rost LeRoy worked at Pickard between 1898 and 1905. He left Pickard to join the new Edward W. Donath Studio (also in Chicago), formed by another ex-Pickard artist. He worked at Donath until at least 1910. The other mark ('D&C' over France) indicates that the "blank" or undecorated bowl was made by R. Delinieres of Limoges France.

LeRoy's work is generally of high to very high quality, despite the fact that his output also seems to have been fairly high. Your bowl although probably not his best work is still of high quality. The large size will also add to the value. At 14 1/2 inches it is large enough to be a punch bowl, but is more likely a fruit or center bowl, because of the scalloped rim. It would most likely have had a place of honor in the center of the dining room table or on the buffet. Although these bowls often have utilitarian names, they were rarely used for anything other than decoration.

Your bowl would probably sell in the $450-550 range, but for insurance purposes, I would use more like $700-750. Information posted on this site is not adequate for insurance purposes. Most homeowners policies require written appraisals by certified appraisers.

Most of the information for this post came from the excellent book on Pickard China by Alan B. Reed published by Collector Books (see our RESOURCES page). The book also contains a wealth of information on other Chicago china decorating studios.

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