We have a beautiful, unusual and large AOG (all over gold) round tray or cabinet plate bearing both the Thomas Bavaria and Pickard backstamps. Measuring 12-1/2" in diameter, our tray/cabinet plate is shaped like an extremely shallow coupe bowl. Porzellanfabrik Thomas operated from 1908 to 1960. This substantial piece bears the blue Thomas Bavaria underglaze mark which was used from 1908 to 1939. The Pickard mark on this piece was used from 1918 to 1920, which further narrows the date of manufacture of this lovely plate. As you can guess from the number of Pickard items on this website, we are enthusiastic collectors of Pickard porcelain pieces - although our spouses would incorrectly infer that we are hoarders! This tray/cabinet plate is truly unusual! While most of us are quite familiar with the AOG hammered and the AOG Rose And Daisy Pickard patterns, this gorgeous piece features a 1-6/8" wide band of stylized, etched water lilies (see our photographs). We think you will agree that this extraordinary Art Deco treatment is extremely lovely, and very typical of the 1920's aesthetic! The center of the tray/cabinet plate features an unusal etched design of flowers on a climbing vine -- we think it may be a pattern of hundreds of hollyhocks. In all the time that we have collected Pickard, have have never seen these two etched designs.
This exquisite tray/cabinet plate is in excellent shape for its age: there are no nicks, dings, cracks or chips to detract from the beauty of this substantial piece. There are a few rub marks on the polished gold band that separates the etched water lily design from the center hollyhock design. Please peruse our photographs -- we think you will agree that this is a piece worth acquiring!
BRIEF HISTORY: Thomas Bavaria was founded in 1908 by Fritz Thomas, after he unsuccessfully partnered with a few other porcelain manufacturers. From the date of its inception, Porzellenfabrik Thomas was heavily invested in by Rosenthal, and ultimately became a branch of the Rosenthal porcelain company.