ReUnions is proud to present this unusual and striking tea set by Pickard, comprising a tea pot, sugar bowl, and creamer, decorated in a mottled blue luster glaze and featuring a broad gold band covered in an oxblood metallic finish with a repeated floral motif. The tea pot, sugar and creamer all bear the maker's mark for Bernardaud and Company Limoges France, and Pickard Mark 8 (1918-1919).

One of the less commonly seen finishes applied by the decorators at Pickard is what is described as a mottled glaze. These are typically a mixture of colors and textures that resemble granite or other stone, or sometimes referred to as a curdled glaze. It creates a deep moody surface that contains natural variation in color. On this set, the mottled glaze has the blue luster finish that catches the eye and creates a lavender sheen on the surface. To make this set even more distinctive, the decorator has applied a wide gold band to the top half of each piece, and over that a heavy oxblood or maroon layer with stylized flowers in brighter gold create a unique reddish-bronze tone. The creamer is also lined with a luster glaze.

The condition of this set is very good. There are no chips or cracks, and the finishes are intact. There is some rubbing to the gold rim of the creamer and to the middle gold band on the sugar bowl, and some superficial scratching to some of the gold, but this set really gleams and feels as fresh as the day it was made.

ReUnions has ReUnited an array of hand-painted china from Pickard, Stouffer, and other studios in blue luster and gold 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.

Hand Painted, Porcelain
Blue, Gold, Maroon
Pickard, Chicago Studios
Art Deco
United States • American
Creamer & Sugars, Tea Sets, Teapots


Pickard Tea Set in Mottled Blue Luster with Metallic Floral Band


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