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  • Item Category: Ceramics
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Aug 23, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House

Starting at $99.00 with NO RESERVE, Keith's Treasure Cove is pleased to bring you an exquisite and Extremely Rare work of art on porcelain done by Osborn Theomun Olsen. This work would have been done on or about 1902. I have come to this conclusion based on the following. The Porcelain blank he used was Jaeger and Company in business 1898 - 1902 when they changed their mark when Fritz Thomas left the company to create his own factory. In 1902, Osborne Theomun Olsen, creator of Osborne Art Studios in 1910, changed his name from Asbjorn to Osborne. He was listed as a decorator at age 17 in 1900 and started to professionally decorate porcelain blanks in 1902. This piece would be one of his very early pieces and was done prior to founding his Art Studio in 1910.

Alan Reed wrote in the Collector's Encyclopedia of Pickard China, " Osborne was the only china artist of any stature to use his first name for his studio name and signature." He predominately signed the pieces prior to 1910 and after then didn't backstamp all his pieces. Pickard along with Osborne Studios and some other 102 studios produced hand painted artwork on porcelain blanks. Pickard because the most well known.

No other artist signed Osborne's name to their works while producing hand painted pieces for Osborne Art Studios. He used 22 kt gold to decorate the pieces. This piece would have been done when he was roughly 19 years of age. It This is an exceptional piece with no chips, cracks or scratches or glaze cracking. T has been no repoair work done to the piece. On the gilt t is some slight wear along the handle and very slight wear to the rim of the spout **note that t appears to be some white along the rim, however, that is just a reflection. The slight wear is on top and both areas are thin and approximately 1" long***.

This piece stands an impressive 14 1/4" and is 7 1/4" from the farthest edge of the handle to the tip of the spout. It is 6" across the base and 3 1/2 inches across the top.

I have scoured the internet and find very few pieces that compares to this piece either in Pickard or any of the other art studios and when I find something comparable, the price is over $1000.00. This is truly a one of a kind very early work of a highly collectible artist. T are several of his plates for sale on various web pages and they are from later time periods then this piece that are selling for $200 to $300. I have taken numerous other photos and will be more the glad to send to you upon request. I have now located one similar to this pitcher however, it is 5" shorter then this pitcher and the piece is unsigned, their asking price is $879.00. I have included the web page for your review: /shops/ecollectics/item/1670?gbase=1

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