ROOKWOOD BLUE SAILING SHIPS SHIPWARE 10 ¼” Dinner Plate Circa 1886
A wonderful antique BLUE SAILING SHIPS DINNER PLATE manufactured by Rookwood Pottery of Cincinnati, Ohio. The pattern, BLUE SAILING SHIPS ON WHITE also called SHIPWARE, was released by the pottery company in 1886, and was one of Rookwood's earliest patterns.
The twelve-sided dinner plate is 10 ¼” in diameter. The rim is decorated with three sailing ships in light blue.
Based on the mark, the piece dates to 1886 as there is no flame point with the reversed R and P mark. In 1887, Rookwood began to add a flame point above the RP monogram--continuing to add one point each year until the year 1900, at which time the monogram mark was encircled by 14 flame points.
In addition to the monogram mark, the plate is impressed with the pattern number -- M14. The plate also has a X stamp, meaning it was a secondary quality piece, having a technical flaw, such as a glaze bubble, minor discoloration, kiln crack, or warp. The plate is in fantastic condition, with no chips or cracks.
The plate would be a great addition to someone's art pottery collection and especially for someone who loves Rookwood Pottery.
About Rookwood Pottery: Rookwood Pottery was founded in 1880 by Maria Longworth Storer. Storer named the new art pottery company Rookwood after the large number of crows that roosted in the trees of her family home. She was an active participant in the development of the art community in Cincinnati and at one time worked at the Frederick Dallas Pottery.
In 1891, Storer turned the management of the company over to W.W. Taylor. It was under his leadership that the art pottery company attained great significance and realized its greatest profit both in money and talent.
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