Vintage 1940s Godey Print Plate by Salem China Company - Victory Shape - 1800s Style Portrait Plates
Every meal becomes an occasion when your table is set with Godey Prints... (the 1940's ad campaign for Salem China's Godey Print series)
In the 1940's, Salem China Company based in Salem, Ohio, produced a series of dishware featuring vintage illustrations from the Godey's Lady's Book. Published each month between the 1830's and 1870's, Godey's was a very popular women's magazine that featured poetry, articles, short stories and fashion plates. As the voice of women in pre-Civil War America, the magazine championed women's causes and supported women's rights in regards to education.
Color illustrations and fashion plates were expensive for the magazine to produce but they were one of the most beloved aspects of Godey's Lady's Book. When Salem reproduced the Godey series, they were faithful to the finely detailed drawings and color process which had made the magazine famous the century before. That dedication resulted in dishware reproductions that were quite exquisite pieces of art.
This Godey piece is a 10" inch dinner plate that features two colorfully dressed ladies, (perhaps sisters!) enjoying a day spent out of doors in a park like setting. It's large size makes it suitable as both an artistic wall hanging and a piece of functional tableware.
- Highly detailed illustration
- Colors include mint green, pink, raspberry, royal blue, grey, yellow and peach
- Stamped on back with maker's mark
In lovely vintage condition. This plate contains no chips or cracks. Lots of delicate crazing. Minor staining on the right side of rim on the front and several small stain spots (most likely from rust caused by a plate hanger).
This plate measures 10" inches in diameter.
Because of this plate's antique character, it looks especially great with other 20th century dishware like these pieces...