The bright red apples of Autumn bring a harvest of warm tradition to home, to family, and community. No surprise then, that Franciscan Apple dinnerware, which first appeared in 1940, remains one of the most popular raised-relief hand-painted patterns of all time. Created by Gladding, McBean & Co. of Glendale, California, the name Franciscan is an allusion to Franciscan Friars and was chosen to reflect the simple, informal style of Mexican folk pottery.
This Set of 4 Franciscan Ware Apple Motif 6" Cereal Bowls are warm and bright and beautifully cheerful. The dark red apples and vivid green leaves are a standout against the ultra-smooth cream-colored glaze. The apple branches curve realistically upon raised-texture rims. Each of the four bowls are uniquely hand-painted with distinct brush strokes that make each bowl special. They are in very good vintage condition- one bowl has minor glaze imperfections along a portion of the rim- this ultra-zoom photo makes it look much worse than it is- these are not chip but skips in color.
Three of the bowls have the production stamp last used in the United States-1979 to 1984 After 1984 all American production ended. The fourth bowl (Can you tell which one?) bears the production period stamp that dates from 1948 to 1949. This bowl has faint scratch marks on the interior bottom of the bowl. This is set #2.
Set #1 Set of 4 Franciscan Ware Apple Motif Bread & Butter Plates is also available at Redbud Creek on Ruby Lane- Item # 15-136. Offered separately, this set is in Superior Condition with the 1948-1949 production period stamp. Purchase both sets together for 10% savings and combined shipping discount.
Please enjoy this vintage pattern designed to grace your table with sweet simplicity and charming style.
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