Nature Studies: Poppies #05

Manufacturer: Syracuse China
Pattern: Nature Studies: Poppies #5
Date: 1927 - 1950s
Notes: Harry Aitken (1867 - 1952) came to work at Syracuse in 1904 (retired 1946) as head of the decorating department. Aitken streamlined the color system as well as the process of printing engravings to be filled. In addition to instituting team methods of greater efficiency, Aitken added to the company's reputation for fine decoration through his talents as a watercolorist and a painter in ceramic colors.

He 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 plates in the "Poppy" series. Click here to view a 1932 Syracuse China catalog excerpt of these Service Plates.

Source:
Syracuse China by Cleota Reed and Stan Skoczen

Ivory body, white and green bands on rim. Rim and body of plate are black with green leaves, blue corn flowers and parchment yellow poppies with deep blue centers.

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 #06
Nature Studies: Poppies #07
Nature Studies: Poppies #08
Nature Studies: Poppies #09
Nature Studies: Poppies #10
Nature Studies: Poppies #11
Nature Studies: Poppies #12






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