This charming antique oyster plate was made by the Union Porcelain Works of Greenpoint, New York, in the latter half of the nineteenth century. UPW was the first United States company to make oyster plates. Their plates were all hand decorated with three dimensional sea creatures and sea life and were sought after from the beginning. This clam shape oyster plate has an appealing color palette. While some of the clam shape oyster plates have a solid wash of color across the seaweed and sea creatures, this oyster plate delineates these elements. The pale yellow seaweed is outlined in tan. Black and gray are used as accent colors for the markings on the wells and the shells and one of the claws. There is a pink lobster claw and a pink sand crab and berries on the seaweed. The background color is a rich vanilla with a hint of pink. We note that shades of yellow are fairly rare in oyster plates which makes this plate desirable. This oyster plate is in fine condition - no chips, hairlines, or repairs. On the back there is "UPW", the eagle logo as well as "Pat Jan 4, 1881." There is also the mark of the well respected retailer, "Richard Briggs Boston Mass". The plate is 8.5 inches by 6.5 inches wide.
Antique Union Porcelain Works (UPW) Oyster Plate, Pale Yellow Seaweed