Johnson Bros Old English Vigo Platter with Birds and Flowers circa 1920s-1950s
The Vigo pattern made by Johnson Bros in England debuted in the 1920s and remained in production through the early 1950s. Colorfully designed with a big flowering tree, pheasant-style birds, and a gadroon edge it was a similar design to Lenox's Ming pattern which was in production in the late 1910s. The two designs were so similar that Lenox took Johnson Bros to court in 1921 over copyright infringement of the design. Ultimately though the courts ruled in favor of Johnson Bros citing that while the designs were similar they were not exact. Lenox had also allowed their three-year copyright patent on the dish design to expire, thus leaving their artwork open to other dish designers to draw from creatively and then call their own.
Both potteries continued to sell their designs over the course of the early to mid-20th century, both offering different price points for their dishware. Not quite as expensive as Lenox's Ming version, Johnson Bros Vigo pattern was heavily marketed in the US and remained a favorite for over three decades.
Featuring an array of colors that include grey blue, rosebud, tomato red, marigold, periwinkle, tangerine, emerald, grey, mauve, celery, chocolate and mustard, this is one of those platters that looks equally beautiful hanging on a wall as it does displaying food on a table.
We especially love it for its mix of design aesthetics which include Indian and Asian themes all wrapped around a nautical gold-trimmed rope-style edge (also known as gadroon).
- Johnson bros Old English Vigo Pattern
- Stamped on back with manufacturer's marks
In beautiful vintage/antique condition. This platter contains no chips, cracks or stains. The gold edge is shiny and bright with just the slightest of rubbing due to age and placement along the gadroom edge. The dish pattern designs are crisp and clear. Please see photos.
Measures 13.75" inches (length) x 10.5" inches (width) and weighs 2.3 lbs.