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Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
Author of Understanding Roseville Pottery
P.O. Box 771233, Lakewood, OH 44107
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American Limoges China Silver Age Small Plate Art Deco
This 6-3/8" dessert or bread plate was designed by internationally famous Cleveland artist Viktor Schreckengost in 1937. This shape is called Triumph, and the racing stripe decorations (made with 22-k white gold) distinguish the pattern Silver Age.

In VIKTOR SCHRECKENGOST AND 20TH CENTURY DESIGN (the catalog for Viktor's 2000 retrospective exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art), Henry Adams calls Triumph one of Viktor's finest designs, writing that "the hollowware was made by combining two forms: a lower one with straight sides and ridged indentations, which served essentially as a base; and an upper one that curved out slightly to create globular shapes reminiscent of the Manhattan pattern. When colored bands were added to the shape, they were painted in the ridged indentations that guided the brush. They were also designed to run underneath the handle, rather than into it. The upper globular portion contained areas suitable for applying decals, such as the Flower Shop design" (pages 105, 107).

Adams attributes the "immense appeal of the design" to "its dynamic combination of curved and straight lines, a theme that continued in the handles of the cups, teapot, and coffee pot. The plates continue the idea of banding with ridged indentations that run around the perimeter. A final clever touch is the highly original handle on the lid of the sugar bowl [and other hollowware forms], a rectangular form that sits neatly upon it like a chimney on a curving roof" (page 107).

There are some minor scratches to the widest silver band in particular. No chips, cracks, or repairs.


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