Vintage 1930s Paden City Platter with Bright Green Rim, Gold Filigree & Pink Cottage Roses circa 1936
The details are not the details. They make the design. Charles Eames
Just like the eye-catching beauty of a climbing rose bush billowy with blooms or the comfiest, plumpiest faded floral chair stuffed with goosedown, or a brightly painted hutch overflowing with books and antiques, this vintage platter is an aesthetic as much as it is a server.
Made by Paden City Pottery in 1936, it features a bright spring green rim, edged with lacy gold filigree and decorated with the prettiest swatch of cottage roses in shades of light pink, peach and yellow. Over the course of its 90 years of life, it has seen some adventures giving it a weathered look that gorgeously contrasts with its elegant style giving it a sort of free-spirit, shabby chic air.
The green trim makes it unique amongst platters, a design choice of remarkable individuality that Paden City dishware was always known to possess. Marching to the beat of a slightly different drum, Paden City Pottery was always known for doing things slightly out of the ordinary than most other dishware manufacturers of their day.
Most pottery companies are named after their founders or the topography on which their production facilities were built. But in the case of Paden City Pottery, it was named after the farmer who owned a large swatch of land in West Virginia where the manufacturing plant first came to life in 1914. From day one onward, Paden City adopted a unique approach.
Their glazing techniques involved sandblasting, they introduced matte glazes, used round kilns, invested in the newest technologically advanced equipment, designed a popular square plate called the Minion, and weathered the turbulent years of the Great Depression with aplomb.
That's why their designs have always appealed to home decorators and designers - those with an artistic eye for color and flair and interesting compositions.
For forty years, Paden City produced dinnerware of high quality, consistent craftsmanship, and artistic design, but like many American manufacturers, they weren't able to compete with the influx of foreign dishware imports to America during the mid-20th century. Their doors closed permanently in 1953. Lucky for us, their beautiful pieces still inspire.
- Colors include spring green, gold, ice pink, blush, peach, raspberry, mint, honey
- Stamped on back with date of manufacture and maker's mark
In well-loved vintage condition with a weathered aesthetic that enhances its charm. There is light crazing throughout with light staining. There's a manufacturing flaw that resulted in two raised bums on the right side of the platter which is most noticeable when the platter is held at an angle toward a light source. There is a small pencil point chip near that same area. Please see photos.
Measures 12.5" inches (length) x 9.5" inches (width) and weighs 1.12 lbs.