Bread plate with "Prairie Flower" decoration

MAKER:
Maker

Josiah Wedgwood Factory ( British, 1759 )

DATE:
c. 1928
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General Description

In an early advertisement for this pattern, Wedgwood proudly announced that Prairie Flowers was the company's "first design from an entirely American inspiration." The ad went on to say that the artist had "traveled to the West to see one of America's glories-the wildflowers of the plains and prairies in the early Spring." The original version was adapted with minor changes, mostly to edging and center treatments, and was sold through 1932. The pattern was most likely withdrawn along with others when the number of patterns was reduced at the outset of World War II. The five-place setting features a dinner, salad, and bread plate, as well as a teacup with saucer in cream-colored bone china with floral accents of blue, lavender, best egg yellow, massey orange, scarlet, and yellow-green, with a turquoise edge.

Drawn from

  • Charles L. Venable, Ellen P. Denker, Katherine C. Grier, Stephen G. Harrison, China and Glass in America, 1880-1980: From Tabletop to TV Tray (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2000), 350, cat. 155.

  • The Crockery and Glass Journal, Wedgwood "Prairie Flowers," November, 1929, 15.