If an ashtray can be called pretty, this one fits the description! Created by world renowned interior designer Dorothy Draper, the pattern is a beautiful, pink and white spray of Rhododendron flowers, the state flower of West Virginia.
Made by Shenango China, this ash tray is is one of several variations of rhododendron floral chinaware designed by Ms. Draper for the famous Greenbrier Hotel, located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, while the resort was owned by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. The date code on this ash tray, 0-43, dates it to having been made between January and June of 1985.
SIZE - Approximately 5 inches across, with four cigarette rests.
CONDITION - It appears to have never been used for smoking. Highly detailed flowers sparkle on a bright white china base. There are a few light surface marks from use, that cannot be seen unless you tilt the piece and look for them. Even the cigarette rests show no off color or scratching. There are NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. There are no signs of age discoloration.
This piece is an excellent crossover collectible, appealing to railroad china enthusiasts and tobacciana fans, alike.
Dorothy Draper (1889 – 1969) was an American interior decorator. Stylistically very anti-minimalist and flamboyant, she would use bright, exuberant colors and large prints that would encompass whole walls. The Greenbrier Hotel, which was purchased by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad in 1910, was commandeered and then purchased from the railroad by the U. S. Army during World War II and turned into a military hospital, was one of her most famous projects. Following the war, the C & O bought the property back, and retained Ms Draper to fully redecorate the entire resort. Designing everything from matchbook covers to menus to staff uniforms, she transformed the Greenbrier in 16 months. "Draperizing" 600-plus guestrooms and all the public areas took 45,000 yards of fabric, 15,000 rolls of wallpaper and 40,000 gallons of paint. The massive renovation was celebrated at its reopening, from April 15 to April 18, 1948, an international social event of the season. The gala attracted such luminaries as the Duke of Windsor and his wife, Wallis Simpson (who had spent her honeymoon with her first husband at The Greenbrier in 1916), actor Bing Crosby and members of the Joseph Kennedy family. Dorothy was the head designer of the hotel until she retired in the 1960s. Since the late 20th century, the resort has hosted several presidents and vice-presidents, in addition to foreign dignitaries. It was sold out of railroad ownership in 2009.
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Vintage Greenbrier Hotel Rhododendron Ash Tray by Dorothy Draper