Vintage Eastern China Pink Floral Luncheon Plates circa 1940s - Set of Four
There is always a pleasure in unraveling a mystery... Elizabeth Gaskell
Pale and delicate, like a faded photograph or a long-ago memory, this set of vintage 1940s-era luncheon players was made by Eastern China Company of New York. This pottery is a bit of a mystery as to its own history but we do know that the pattern was shared by other potteries as well - in particular - Edwin Knowles, so perhaps there is a hidden connection between the manufacturers.
Edged in 22 karat gold and rimmed with a lazy scallop design, the creaminess of the plates themselves, a light ivory, is gorgeous against the color palette of the floral bouquet. Featuring shades of mint green, sage, lavender, butter, apricot, grape and grey there is quite a bit of color to work with here when coordinating table settings in similar color schemes.
At first glance you might think this pattern is ideally suited for springtime holidays and parties given its pastel palette. Romantic and elegant, we actually love these plates for wintertime use - past the holiday season - when January February, and March dot the landscape with snow and weak sun shadows. In service during that time of year, these plates bring just the right amount of color and hope for the impending season ahead, giving them an air of joy and anticipation. Carry them through your spring and summer mealtimes and you'll have easy breezy options to add an everblooming bouquet to your table.
- Matching set of four luncheon plates
- 22 karat gold edge
- Rare hard to find pattern and maker
- Stamped on back with maker's mark
In beautiful vintage condition. There are no cracks or crazing. There is minimal wear to the gold edge in some spots. There is one small chip on the back of one plate near the rim that measures 1/4" inch in length. Please see photos.
Each plate measures 9" inches in diameter and weighs 15 oz.