Your Antiquarians are pleased to be offering seven 8-3/8" salad plates in the Pickard Studio's iconic Rose and Daisy pattern, number 656. These plates are in perfect condition, with no chips, nicks, cracks, discoloration or any other condition issues. The backstamp on these plates is one that Pickard has used from 1938 until present day, but we believe that these particular plates may date at least to the 1940's or 1950's because we acquired them from the inventory of an antique dealer who had not had an active storefront since 1963. Bring these gorgeous vintage plates home and incorporate them into your table settings -- you will love the effect! Please view our TableScape section to see an example of these plates incorporated into a delicious setting with other plates and stemware.
BRIEF HISTORY: Wilder Pickard established the Pickard Studio in Edgerton, Wisconsin, in 1893, but moved his business to Chicago at the turn of the 20th century. Pickard's company specialized in hand-painted art pieces, and dessert and tea sets. The Pickard Studio employed skilled artists from the famed Art Institute of Chicago and from Europe to decorate one of a kind ceramic pieces. Wilder's son, Austin, joined the business in the late 1920's and soon began experimenting in developing a fine china dinnerware body. Austin Pickard moved the company to its present Antioch, Illinois location in 1930, and in 1937 introduced the warm white china with the lion trademark still used today. Pickard China is still run by members of the Pickard family, now 4th generation descendents of Wilder Pickard. This beautiful china, then as now, is noted for its graceful shapes, lightness and delicacy, unusual strength and brilliant glazes.
Our shipping costs on this set of dishes will be $30.00. If this seems a tad high, please understand that in most instances, we will actually pay more to ship your items than we are actually charging! In addition, we will often send sets of dishes in multiple boxes because we pack them very carefully, to ensure that they reach you in the condition that they were in when they left our care. We often joke with each other that we could probably stick a stamp and a mailing address on our bubble-wrapped items, and dispense entirely with the box. That is because we use a large quantity of bubble wrap and other packing materials to protect the items that you buy. So please understand that the shipping we charge you reflects only a portion of our actual cost!