Pickard Scenic Vellum Handled Cake Plate in Classic Ruins by Moonlight by Marker - image 1 of 12

ReUnions is proud to present this elegant Pickard handled cake plate decorated in the Classic Ruins by Moonlight pattern by Marker.
The octagonal plate measures about ten inches across side to side, and about 11 inches handle to handle., and stands about 1.5 inches tall at the highpoint of the handles. The maker's mark for the blank is obscured by the gold leaf stamped with Pickard Mark 7 (1912-1918). The artwork is signed C Marker for 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 rim of this octagonal plate with pierced handles is gilded, surrounding a nighttime view of crumbling ancient ruins along a body of water, with the full moon peeking out from behind nearby trees. The ground of the plate is gray and darker to convey nighttime, and the landscape includes an intriguing stone arch bridge, and in the distance the silhouettes of trees can be seen.

The condition of the plate is good. There are no chips or cracks, and the gilded handles and rim are intact save for a touch of wear at a few of the corners of the rim. The decorated surface of the plate has some scratches, likely from utensils, mostly confined to a portion of the sky near the moon. It's a lovely moody landscape.

ReUnions has ReUnited an array of hand-painted china from Pickard and other studios in scenic vellum finishes, 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
Gold, Gray, Green
Pickard, Chicago Studios
Art Nouveau
United States • American
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Pickard Scenic Vellum Handled Cake Plate in Classic Ruins by Moonlight by Marker


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