Russel Wright first designed his colorful Modern dishes in the late 1930s. Made by Steubenville Pottery, they tended to chip and craze very easily. After World War II, he designed his Casual line which was manufactured by Iroquois China in New York. Fired at a much higher temperature and made from different clay, they were tougher and resisted chips and crazing. The Casual line, like his earlier Modern line, came out in several colors so that they could be mixed and matched, if desired. These dishes were manufactured from 1947-1967 and have proven to be very collectible.
This hard to find yellow covered dish measures 7 ¾” long”, 4 ¼” wide and is 2 ¼” tall with the lid on. It is intended to hold a ½ lb. of butter. This piece is in excellent condition – there is no crazing and there are no chips or cracks. It must not have been used much at all nor put in the dishwasher – the glaze is still extremely shiny and there are no detectable utensil marks. It is marked on the bottom Iroquois Casual China by Russel Wright USA with R1 below the mark. The lid fits very loosely on the underplate, but from my research, this is the case with all of these rare covered butter dishes.
We have many other pieces in this pattern and color listed in our shop.
This would be a wonderful addition to your Mid-Century collection or to use every day. Please contact us if you have any questions. Please look at the photos closely, they are part of the description of the item. We will always consider any reasonable offer for our pieces.
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Russel Wright Yellow Casual China Covered Butter Dish by Iroquois China Co.