During the 60's the Illinois Moulding Company and Belart Inc. created these still life wall plaques, which were embellished with melted plastic chips, commonly referred to as "popcorn". I know these mass-produced decorative pieces are the furthest thing from fine art, but I have to admit I have a soft spot for them and whenever I come across one I have to look. They often came in sets of two or three and were commonly available with either orange or blue highlights.
Below are examples of still life plaques from the Illinois Moulding Company.
You will notice the Jonero design below was offered on various substrates and produced in multiple mediums. I have seen several Illinois Moulding Co. pieces accredited to this artist, but I have never heard anything about him/her. I get the feeling it may be a fictitious name? Does anyone know who Jonero is?
Below are examples of still life plaques from Belart Inc. (Belart Co.)
The Illinois Moulding Company of Chicago was founded by Hungarian immigrant Herman Molner (1866-1951) in 1896. Windsor Art Products was the art publishing division of the company, who under license, would mass-produce original artists' works making "fine" art affordable to all. Herman passed away in 1951, but the company continued until about 1970. Here is a link to a passage in a book about the Illinois Moulding Co.
Belart Inc. was located in Mendota, Minnesota and was founded in 1962 by Harold Nielson, as a division of Foldcraft Co., a fast food restaurant seating manufacturer that still exists today. Belart went out of business around 1989 due to increased competition from the foreign market. Nielson still lives in Minnesota where he runs a nonprofit organization called Third World Friends.