PINK RHODODENDRON PLATE MADE EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE GREENBRIER RESORT IN WEST VIRGINIA, WVDESIGN IS FROM THE RENOVATION DONE BY DOROTHY DRAPER APPROX 1948 RESORT HAS CURRENTLY UNDERGONE ANOTHER RENOVATION AND MANY OF THE ARTIFACTS OF MRS. DRAPER ARE BECOMING EXTREMELY COLLECTABLE RESTAURANT WARE In her day, Dorothy was the prima donna of the decorating business - her name was synonymous with decorating. She gave decorating advice in her regular column for Good Housekeeping Magazine , designed fabric lines for Schumacher , furniture for Ficks Reed , Heritage and, other than her hotel and restaurant decors, she also designed theaters, department stores, commercial establishments, private corporate offices, the interiors of jet planes ( Convair & TWA ) , automobiles (she did a "line" for Packard and Chrysler in the 1950's - including a pink polka dot truck!) - even packaging for the cosmetics firm of Dorothy Gray - on top of her residential designs for the houses and apartments of prominent and very wealthy society figures. She also designed her very own exclusive fabrics for her clients - such as her Romance & Rhododendrons and Fudge Apron which she used at the Greenbrier. Much of her work survives to this day, in the lobbies of apartment buildings, hotels ( The Carlyle in New York and Hampshire House until recently) and of course, the legendary Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, specifically in The Victorian Writing Room - once called the most photographed room in the United States). THE GREENBRIAR RESORT WAS ORIGINALLY AN EXTENSION OF THE C & O RAILROAD STOP THE PLATES, CUPS, BOWLS ETC ALL HAVE THE DISTINCT FLOWER PATTERN AND CAN BE MADE BY MANY MAKERS INCLUDING STERLING (ORIGINAL PLATE SETTINGS), SYRACUSE, MAYER, SHENANGO THIS HOMER LAUGHLIN PLATE IS IN GOOD CONDITION BUT IS USED AND HAS SOME UTENSIL MARKS AND GOLD FADING GOLD RIM AROUND OUTSIDE AND INSIDE (SOME WEAR-MORE ON INSIDE) OF PINK BAND PINK FLOWERS, YELLOW BUDS AND GREEN LEAVES - ALSO HAVE BEEN REFERED TO AS ORCHIDS, DAY LILLIES LILY, AZALEAS, ETC MARKED ON BACK IN GOLD HOMER LAUGHLIN EMBLEM CHINA CO. NEWELL, WV U.S.A. "THE GREENBRIER" NO CHIPS OR CRACKS ASK QUESTIONS BEFORE BIDDING - I AM AN ADMIRER OF THIS COLLECTABLE NOT A PROFESSIONAL COLLECTOR MY OBSERVATIONS ARE FROM INTERNET RESEARCH AND PURCHASING LIKE ITEMS Greenbrier's Dorothy Draper castoffs set for September auction By the Associated Press August 9, 2007 WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - The posh Greenbrier resort is selling its vintage 1948 castoffs to the highest bidder.
A bedside table with a pink floral glass inset handle and green trim. Large Regency style urns. White beds with pink and green trim. An Alexandria, Va., auction house will host a Sept. 29 auction to sell those and about 200 other items that were part of Dorothy Draper's 1948 renovation. Some of the pieces Draper commissioned especially for The Greenbrier, a legendary 1778 resort that has hosted world leaders and royalty.