Striking multicolored seaweed and sea creatures are hand painted on this 6 well round antique oyster plate by UPW (Union Porcelain Works) of Greenpoint, New York. This company made the first oyster plates in the United States. They were sought after at the time and have remained desirable because of their three dimensional naturalistic decoration. Round UPW oyster plates are not easy to find. The very appealing color palette starts with a deep forest green near the center sauce well, as the seaweed between the wells moves toward the rim includes pale green, celery, aqua, and gray, Two pink crabs accent the plate. There is a narrow band of gilding around the center well and two extremely narrow bands of gilding around the exterior rim. The edge is painted with a warm butter yellow. The wells are white with brown markings an the seaweed has a white background visible at the outer edges. On the back of the plate is an impressed logo and "Pat Feb 4 '79." There is also the retailer, the respected establishment of "R. Briggs, Boston, Mass." Other than a tiny nick on the base rim and minor wear to the paint this oyster plate is in fine condition. Also the gilding is in fine condition. We can tell from the luster on both the front and back that this oyster plate had very little use. This would make a fine addition to an oyster plate collection or for a special display. The diameter is 9.5 inches.
Antique UPW (Union Porcelain Works) Round Oyster Plate, Nautical Designs