Views of historic buildings and streets in downtown Chicago, Illinois, circa 1912 cover this striking old plate of deep cobalt flow blue on white. The center of the plate features the old Federal Building, a domed Beaux Arts style structure which stood from 1898 until the late 1960s. Four cartouches surround the center, depicting, 1) Marshall Field’s Department Store, 2) the old Masonic Temple, 3) old City Hall/County Court House, and 4) a block of Michigan Avenue (called “Boulevard” on the plate, a term dropped after the Chicago Fire). The cartouches are framed with geometric motifs and set off with lovely cobalt roses. A herring bone design forms the outside border.
The detailing on this piece is a particularly fine example of the flow blue workmanship typical on turn-of-the-century commemorative cartouche plates. This is a lovely find for a collector of souvenir plates, of flow blue pieces, or of Chicago items.
This beautiful old souvenir entitled ‘Views of Chicago, Ills.’ measures 9” in diameter and is signed only England in blue on underside.
The condition is excellent, with just light crazing which is to be expected. One tiny grain from the kiln is on the very edge at the top of the plate and may be felt but is not easily seen. The flow blue, which is a deep, lustrous cobalt, shows on the white underside of the plate. There is no damage of any kind.
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