Homestead Hotel

Manufacturer: Syracuse China
User: Homestead Hotel
Pattern: Nature Studies: Poppies #7
Date: 1927 - 1950s
Notes: One of the Nature Studies plates designed by Harry Aitken for the Homestead Hotel in Hot Springs VA. The hotel was owned and operated by the Chesapeake & Ohio railroad.

Harry Aitken (1867 - 1952) worked in a picturesque and painterly style, developing for the pottery several series of hand-painted decorations depicting such subjects as tall-masted sailing ships, scenes from Dickens, deep sea gardens, water lilies, and a group of forty "Nature Studies" depicting birds and flowers. He insisted on painting many of these decorations himself.

These constitute some of the most accomplished hand-painted pictorial decorations of the era to come from an American pottery. There are 12 service plates in the "Poppy" series.

Click here to view a 1932 Syracuse China catalog excerpt of the Service Plates. This catalog excerpt was shared by RWCN Member Dan-CTCC registrar along with a note from the Syracuse China Archives stating: "The Nature Studies series has always been considered a series of 40 designs, however, Nature Studies #40 is a series of six different designs. The total number of Nature Studies plates is actually 45."

For other plates in the "Poppy" series:
Nature Studies: Poppies #01
Nature Studies: Poppies #02
Nature Studies: Poppies #03
Nature Studies: Poppies #04
Nature Studies: Poppies #05
Nature Studies: Poppies #06
Nature Studies: Poppies #07
Nature Studies: Poppies #08
Nature Studies: Poppies #10
Nature Studies: Poppies #11
Nature Studies: Poppies #12

Gold rim border andverge line with green band. Multicolored large poppy and wildflower design in shades of blue, green, ivory and white.





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