MacKenzie-Childs Vintage Retired RARE Hand painted check charger that was preserved from Studio Fire pre-2001
This beautiful hand painted charger/tray is just a piece of history from the MacKenzie-Childs era when Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs owned and designed at the factory in Aurora up until 2001. Currently, this shape is not in production and has been retired for some time, so this piece is very collectible. Plus this charger was part of the Studio Fire that happened in the 90's that smoke damaged many furniture pieces and these chargers that were stored in the barn area where the fire struck.
The wooden charger is 14" in diameter, and was first hand painted around the border in a dark burgundy/red color. Then the black and white checks were painted in the center and finally, the rims had gold leaf placed in a way that when dried and crackled, the red from underneath would peek through the gold leaf. After the fire, the smoke from the fire smudged the gold leaf and onto the back. The gold leaf on the edges is still there, but there are smoke smudges and scratches, red peeking through...all the character of something going through a fire. It does not smell like smoke. The center is beautifully hand painted and in nice condition.
This charger could be used for food if surface is covered by a doily or saran wrap etc. Best when displayed on a plate stand with other MacKenzie-Childs items.
(Back in the 90's this charger would retail for
$185.00, this is a special find having survived the infamous studio fire, thus more collectible)
The logo stamp on the bottom is the older one with Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs Ltd, mark in the center.
A true memento of history to display or use, keep or give as a gift.
ALL of my M-C items unless stated otherwise, were hand-painted and made from the period when Victoria and Richard were owners and worked at the factory.
There are several chargers available, all similar.
Please ask any questions before purchasing.
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 23 March, 2011.