Tray

CULTURE:
American
DATE:
c. 1950
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General Description

This tray features a stereotypical image of a Mexican peasant in sombrero and serape resting against a cactus surrounded by an array of brightly painted pottery, while the glasses (1997.135.2; 1997.135.3) depict Central American figures in native costume. Although these pieces were not created as a set, they nevertheless have closely related imagery.

Adapted 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), 460, cat. 169.

Fun Facts

  • U.S. glassmakers and potteries decorated wares with stereotypical images of the American Southwest and Mexico in the 1930s and 1940s. "Mexican" (Mexican) ware was a popular form of casual dinner ware in the 1950s.