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Early Hand Painted Pickard with Poppies

Posted Monday, October 17 by CAG

Dave D. wrote,
"I was wondering if you could give me an approximate value of three matching pieces I have of Pickard China.

1. 10 and a quarter inch serving bowl. Gold trimmed. The underside edge is slightly green colored. Cranberry colored Pickard seal on back. Also on the back is small green rectangle with "T&V" logo inside and "Imadges France" below the rectangle. Signed 'Hathaway'.

2. 8 and half inch gold trimmed round plate slightly scalloped and signed "Hathaway". Cranberry colored Pickard seal on back along with a green "J. P." atop a line with "L." and "France" below that line.

3. 6 and a half inch gold trimmed scalloped plate. Tan colored Pickard seal on back. Initialed 'LOH'."

First let's look at the marks. The JP and T&V are both marks that refer to the company that made the 'blank' (unpainted) porcelain pieces. JP stands for Jean Pouyat and T&V stands for Tressemanes & Vogt.oth were makers of porcelain blanks in the famed Limoges region of France.

The two different Pickard marks are very similar. The cranberry colored mark shown in the photo was used from 1898 to 1903. The tan mark was used between 1903 and 1910.

The Hathaway signature is a mystery to me. have found no record of a Hathaway signing Pickard pieces. There was a Cathanay active at that time, but your signature when enlarged is pretty clearly 'Hathaway'. The 'initials' LOH are actually the last name of John Loh, sometimes called Poppy John because the bulk of his work concentrated on Poppy pieces. Poppies were a very popular flower at the time and very popular on hand painted pieces by Pickard and others. Pickard had a number of distinct poppy patterns.

The two plates could probably be considered the same pattern, but the bowl with its more stylized design would definitely be a distinct pattern. Your bowl would probably sell in the $350 range. The larger plate about $150 or so, and the smaller plate about $100.

We've had 2 other posts about handpainted Pickard. To read them just type Pickard in the SEARCH box in the LEFT hand column, and click SEARCH.

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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