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Mark Bassett     (aka 'potterybooks')
Author of Understanding Roseville Pottery
American Limoges Oslo Dessert Plates (4) Schreckengost

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Ceramics: American: Pottery: Pre 1940: Item # 382609

Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
Author of Understanding Roseville Pottery
P.O. Box 771233, Lakewood, OH 44107

$25.00 set of 4

American Limoges Oslo Dessert Plates (4) Schreckengost
This set of four Art Deco 6.5" bread or dessert plates was designed (both the shape and the banded decoration) by internationally renowned Cleveland School designer and artist Viktor Schreckengost.

The maker is American Limoges, and the shape is called Triumph (ca. 1937). This decoration is called Oslo Pink.

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).

Good condition for these wares. Some utensil marks. No nicks, chips, hairlines, or repairs.

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