Pickard Large Handled Scenic Vellum Vase in Pines with Lake and Mountains by Marker - image 1 of 12

ReUnions is proud to present this large and statuesque handled vase decorated with pine trees by a lake and mountains by Marker. The vase stands just under 10 inches tall and about 6 inches across handle to handle. The piece is decorated on a blank by Hutschenreuther and Company of Selb Bavaria and carries Pickard Mark 8 (1918-1919). The vase is signed Marker for notable artist Curtis Marker.

Pickard launched the scenic vellum line in the early 1910s and continued to be produced well into the 1930s. A vellum glaze, also known as bisque, is not smooth and shiny like conventional china glazes. Decorations were typically Neoclassical depictions of ancient ruins, walled gardens, and the like. The vellum surface lends the paintings a soft-focus, dreamy quality.

The blank vase shows Art Deco influence in its sleek, streamlined shape, and the handles and top rim of the vase are in smooth shiny gold. The official name of the pattern is not known to Reed in his Collector's Encyclopedia, and a plate in this pattern can be seen on page 214, plate 592, where Reed describes it as "pines with lake and mountains." It is dominated in the foreground by a stand of pine trees, behind which one sees a still, reflective lake with a mountain range in the distance. The overall effect is of a hint of lavender purple and gray at the shoulder, with bold color blocks of forest and mountains creating powerful diagonal shapes. It's a beauty from any side.

The condition of the vase is excellent. There are no chips or cracks, the applied gold is completely intact, though it shows some superficial scratching as is generally the case. The decorated surface of the vase is likewise pristine and free of damage, with one pinhole glaze pop noted for accuracy.

ReUnions has ReUnited an array of hand-painted china from Pickard and other studios in scenic vellum, as seen in the final photo. Visit our shop for the complete selection.

About Pickard China

Wilder A. Pickard founded Pickard China in the 1890s to produce fine hand-decorated china for the American market. Importing blank porcelain from major European makers, Pickard artists designed and executed beautiful hand-painted tableware that was sold in the finest department stores and jewelers. His Chicago studios employed hundreds of decorators and artists through the years, many of whom went on to go into business for themselves. Today, Pickard China produces and decorates its own china here in the US, offering classic and contemporary patterns featuring Pickard’s signature application of 22K gold. Pickard China is featured in the US State Department’s embassies around the world, and they have produced sets for the White House and Air Force One.

About the Artist

Curtis Marker was born in Ohio in 1882, and joined Pickard Studios in 1908. He quickly made a splash with his Calla Lily pattern at the age of 26. After briefly going into business with other artists, he returned to Pickard, and his signature can be found on pieces from each era through 1930. Marker was one of the leading Pickard artists in the scenic vellum genre, and Reed also credits him with Deserted Garden and Roseland patterns.

Hand Painted, Porcelain
Blue, Gold, Green, Purple
Pickard, Chicago Studios
Art Nouveau
United States • American
Vases, Urns


Pickard Large Handled Scenic Vellum Vase in Pines with Lake and Mountains by Marker


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