We have an exquisite five-piece antique American porcelain tea set in mint condition painted in the fabulous Aura Argenta Linear style by the Pickard Studio artist Noble Ray. This antique American porcelain tea set was made from blanks cast in the popular Donatello pattern by Rosenthal, which produced this pattern between 1905 and 1930. This lovely and unique antique American porcelain set consists of a tea pot and lid (4-3/8" high from base to top of finial, and 7-3/4" from end of handle to tip of spout), a sugar pot and lid (3-3/8" from base to tip of finial and 5-7/8" from end of one handle to the other), and a creamer (3-1/4" from base to top of creamer, and 4-3/4" from end of handle to tip of spout).
This antique American porcelain set is in immaculate condition! There are no chips, cracks, scratches, discolorations or dirt anywhere on this set; it looks as if it was placed in a cabinet after it was purchased and never used. Most important, the gold and platinum painted on each piece of this antique American porcelain set is pristine! Platinum was used when painting Aura Argenta Linear so there would be no issue with tarnishing, and we are happy to report that the platinum areas are immaculate and very high-lustre. Nor is there any wear to the gold on the handles and finials! From time to time we come across other antique American porcelain pieces painted in this very same design, but most of the other pieces that we have found were extremely worn, with significant gold and platinum loss, and with visible scratches and other obvious signs of wear. Antique American porcelain pieces that we have found which are in good to mint condition are priced extremely high. Our lovely antique American porcelain Pickard studio set is in such pristine condition that it looks as if it were purchased yesterday, yet we believe that we have priced this five-piece set very reasonably, given its lofty provenance! We believe that this antique American porcelain set was produced in or around the year 1910, making this amazing antique Pickard porcelain set over 100 years old.
The iconic hand painted art nouveau design on this antique American porcelain set, known as Aura Argenta Linear, consists of a pale ivory background against which a blocked gold, black and silver pattern frames stylized sprigs of silver and gold berries. The signature 'Ray' can be found to the left of the top of the handle on each antique porcelain piece. Noble Ray was a well-known professional porcelain artist who was active at Pickard Studios from 1905 to 1910. I have included a photograph of Ray's signature from one of the pieces in this set. It is well known that Pickard artists often decorated pieces at home to make ends meet, so that may be why this set does not also have the Pickard Studios mark.