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$4.00 - California Pottery Orchid Dish
(71015-1181) vintage pottery, collectibles
This one was difficult to research but I finally found a picture of the dish and was able to determine where it came from. The dating is unknown but from my research it appears to have been between 1920-50. This is the info I found on California Pottery. The dish has no cracks, chips nor breaks and is identified with the Calif on the back along with a number and USA. The top measures 8" (approx.) with the dish being 2" deep (approx.).
The heyday of California Pottery was from the 1920's through the 1950's. There were a number of talented artisans producing colorful and dramatic designs in the Southern California area. The 5 best known were Bauer, Pacific, Gladding-McBean, Vernon and Metlox. Smaller, lesser known companies included Batchelder, Catalina Island, Brayton Laguna, La Mirada, Meyers and Winfield just to name a few. Due to the topography of So. Cal., there was no shortage of unique and interesting clay combinations. Mix that with the skill and vision of artisans / craftsmen, in a rapidly growing area, and countless potteries were formed. Today, pottery wares from California are becoming more, and more collectible.
I see many online sales and questions in forums regarding pieces made by "California Pottery Co.". Unfortunately, this isn't a company, but just the location where it was made. The marks on the bottom of wares may be Cal., Calif., California, etc. Many times with a number, USA or handwritten signature. The combinations and methods of markings are endless. It can be a very difficult task, if not impossible, to know exactly which company or individual made a certain piece.