We recently acquired a large collection of Franciscan Ware from a local estate. The husband and wife bought their first Desert Rose pattern dishware in the late 1940s when they married, and continued to add pieces over the next five or so years. They are now moving and downsizing their collection, so we have the opportunity to make this single-owner dinnerware available to you!
As Wikipedia reminds us,
“Beginning in 1875, as a partnership between Charles Gladding, Peter McGill McBean, and George Chambers, Gladding, McBean & Co. would expand from one factory in Lincoln, California to multiple manufacturing plants throughout the Pacific West Coast producing clay products from sewer pipe to architectural terracotta….
Due to the economic collapse of 1929, Gladding, McBean & Co. saw its revenue decreasing due to the cessation of new construction, the main source of the demand for its ceramic products: roofing tile, sewer pipe, architectural terracotta, and brick. To offset the loss of revenues from the sales of ceramic building materials, the Company began the manufacture of earthenware dinnerware and art ware in 1933….
In 1934, Gladding, McBean introduced the Franciscan Pottery line of dinnerware and art ware, named after the Franciscan friars who established missions throughout California in the 18th and 19th centuries. The lines were very successful. In 1937, Gladding, McBean and Co. purchased the Catalina Clay Products Division of Santa Catalina Island Co.. The company closed the pottery moving all molds and equipment to the Glendale plant in Los Angeles…. In 1940, the company introduced the hand-painted embossed pattern Franciscan Apple, and in 1941 Desert Rose. Both patterns became the company’s most popular patterns.”
The Desert Rose pattern has been in continuous production since 1941 (except during WWII), and it is the most popular pattern of dinnerware in American history! With so many pieces in production, serious collectors look for the oldest examples in the best condition – and this cup & saucer is both!
The teacup measures 4 1/16” in diameter, 2 1/8″ in height, and is cream in color with a hand-painted green stem handle and a design of desert roses in bloom. The saucer measures 5 13/16″ in diameter, 13/16″ in height, and is cream in color with a hand-painted green stem border with desert roses in bloom. The quality of these designs varied according to the skill of each artist, and those on the cup and saucer are beautifully done! The cup and saucer are in very good antique condition, with no chips, cracks, or repairs and possibly only very minor surface abrasions typical of limited and careful use.
We have a total of thirteen sets of cups & saucers for sale (the Buy It Now price is for a cup + saucer). The saucers have 1941-1947, 1947-1949, and 1949-1953 Franciscan marks, while the cups each have “MADE IN U.S.A.” and an inspection number, both stamped in black. According to a guide here on eBay (http://www.ebay.com/gds/Franciscan-Desert-Rose-Backstamps-for-Cups-USA-/10000000176939527/g.html), the large “MADE IN U.S.A.” black stamps date from the 1940s, while the smaller black “MADE IN U.S.A.” stamps date to the 1950s. If you prefer one mark over another, please check with us before making your purchase (to make sure we have it in stock) and we’ll be happy to send your preferred combination. We guarantee that these are all original 1940s and 1950s Franciscan Ware, so if you’ve been searching for just the right Desert Rose-pattern cup & saucer for your collection, then you can rest easy knowing that your search is at an end! Buy this now before it goes to someone else’s home!
Note: White highlights on the item are just reflections in the glaze from the camera’s flash.
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