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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Majolica Spotlight: Wedgwood Oyster Plates

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a real soft spot in my heart for Wedgwood's oyster plate designs.
I think what appeals to me most are those plates that don't look like oyster plates like the St. Louis pattern above or the Chrysanthemum and Grosvenor plates below. No other company made oyster plates this highly stylized and to my eye, they're gorgeous!

Now that's not to say that the plates that have marine themes aren't fabulous, because they are. The late Ocean oyster plate above looks nothing like the earlier version of that same pattern, shown below, but they both feature shells and other marine life and are stunning examples of the genre.

There are also the versions featuring fish heads and of course the most famous of them all, the designs with dolphins.

They've always been my favorite oyster plate designs and who could blame me?
With such beautiful, fantastic, imaginative designs, who wouldn't love them!

1 comment:

  1. Yours is the only site that shows a picture of an oyster plate similar to mine except yours is in blue and mine is in tan. I think the date on the back is 1867. Thanks for posting the picture.