This lovely large and extensive Art Deco dresser set includes eight pieces in all, including a tray measuring 12" long x 8" wide, a shaker 6" high, a set of candlesticks 6.5" high, and four covered jars in various sizes with interesting lids. The artist 'M.E. Wilson' chose a very handsome design for her pieces with beautiful blue Daisies and foliage covering each piece, over a light Persian melon shade of color. She signed every piece except the largest covered jar. All of the pieces are marked 'MZ Austria' with the exception of the shaker, marked 'Record Germany' and the smallest covered jar, which is marked 'Prussia' in a green ink stamp. Moritz Zdekauer operated in Austria from 1884-1909 when they were taken over by the German porcelain manufacturer C. M. Hutschenreuter, who maintained the crowned eagle with the initials ‘MZ’ marking maintaining continuity of the brand. Like many European companies, MZ produced blanks for the China Painting trade in the United States, whose history is detailed following this description, a fascinating history for American women. This set is miraculously in original condition, a much loved set.
American 'China Painting' began around the time of the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. After the Civil War, women became interested in the leisure arts and china painting was a natural for producing objects used in decorating the home. China painting became a movement, and a pursuit for many women, which endured into the Arts and Crafts and Art Deco periods, lasting well into the 1940s. Companies produced blank porcelain and china ware and groups began to emerge, some more formal than others, teaching women how to paint, providing instructions, publishing patterns, each one prettier than the next. This china painting genre of artists provided objects of beauty in the form of vases, bowls, flower pots, dresser sets and more. Generations later, collectors consider many of these objects to be true works of art. Many are signed and dated by the artists, yet their identities will never truly be known. Some vessels are simply inscribed as gifts, and some have no identifying marks at all. More than one-hundred years later, these wonderful objects have an enduring appeal. They tell a story of a time of hope and prosperity for women and America. If you encounter one, pick it up, perhaps, it will speak to you!
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