Have been loving porcelain more and more these days. It’s a great time to be collecting porcelain as the prices are extremely wonky. Most shops cannot sell their inventory at the prices they deserve to fetch. This means there’s great bargains to be found!
Last week, I picked up this early to mid 20th century Mottahedeh plate diplomatic service export china plate. Mottahedeh Co. started in the early 20th century and is a sort of national pottery co for American luxury pieces. They make museum pieces, government pieces and more. Here is the clam shell piece that I picked up:
These wares were made through the 20th century and Mottahedeh is a luxury brand still producing today. They have one outlet in the metro, I should go checkout their current prices! I bet they’re sky high. Markets are weird. Anyway, this clamshell dish features the old style eagle reminiscent of the 19th century export porcelain that the U.S. was ordering from China. I have seen a similar pattern in a famous collection from the 40s. Person I bought from had identified as a 1910 pattern.
It was pretty cool to find this. I had just been working on my understanding of porcelain and learned about these types of wares a few weeks back. Stumbling upon it was quite the day! I don’t see diplomatic service ware too often. I did see another piece at a nice antique mall in St. Paul. Maybe I’ll go back for it if I find a new home for this one. For now, it’s a cool piece of my collection. 🙂