Vase with Pink Roses

Painted by Carrie Hill, Manufactured by R. Delinières and Company, Limoges, France

About 1900

In the last quarter of the nineteenth century, as increased competition made porcelain imported from France more affordable, china painting became a popular pastime for American women. For some it was a hobby, while for others it was a cottage industry. Capitalizing on the china painting craze, Carrie Hill and Mrs. J. B. Raulston taught women to decorate porcelain—as well as to paint in oil and watercolor—at their studio in Birmingham’s Commercial Club Building.