Franz Albert Bischoff (January 14, 1864 – February 5, 1929)

Born in Austria in 1864, Franz Bischoff earned the nickname “King of the Rose Painters” as the result of his gorgeous floral paintings and his exquisite porcelain painting skills. At the age of 12, he started training in ceramic decoration at a Bohemian craft school before moving to Vienna to study porcelain decoration and painting. At 18, he moved to New York City and began working at a ceramics factory as a painter. As time progressed, he earned the title of the greatest American porcelain painter, a title he still holds.

After moving to California and becoming a US citizen, he started painting landscape scenes of farms, fishing wharves, and villages using an easel. During this time, he all but stopped doing any type of porcelain decoration work. At times he painted using an impressionist style that also leaned toward Expressionism. Overall, he was known for an extraordinary use of color and often formulated his own colors. Many of his pieces are not dated, particularly those painted on ceramic. Some of his most famous pieces include Grapes Jar Wine Tankard (1899), Gold Rimmed Rocks and Sea (1925), and Hollyhocks Vase (1905).

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