HARVEST Johnson Bros Windsor Ware Fruit DINNER PLATE
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Sold Date: 04/17/2011
Channel: Online Auction
Harvest by Johnson Brothers
Vintage (1960 - 1965) Windsor Ware Made in England
Hand Engraved English Transferware
Multicolor with Brown - Autumn Harvest Fruits and Flowers
Harvest is a lovely vintage circa 1960s English transferware pattern produced in Staffordshire, England by the Johnson Brothers. Harvest is part of the Johnson Brothers Windsor Ware line and one of the most beautiful transferware patterns produced.Transferware is created using hand-rubbed transfer sheets with patterns printed from hand engraved copper plates. Hand painted details render intricate patterns under the glaze that are durable and lasting without concern for chipping, scratching and fading. Transferware is very beautiful, highly collectible and adds a peaceful, pastoral feel to any room and expresses elegance without being too formal or fancy. Johnson Bros. Windsor Ware Harvest transferware pattern features a grouping of autumn fruits and flowers in the center, accented with a chocolate brown border with rich detailed scrolls, fruit and floral design. Delicious Harvest fruits include a pumpkin, pomegranate, pear and plums with clusters of grapes and foliage. Fall flowers include a rose, carnation or mum and morning glories. The rich, vivid colors and crisp, realistic details are captivating and remind me of Renaissance still life paintings. Johnson Brothers Harvest is stunning as a collection or paired with companion dinnerware patterns such as Windsor Fruit and Wild Turkeys to create unique and expressive table settings. And while this pattern is designed for entertaining year-round, the subject matter and warm, rich colors (brown, gold, purple, red, terra cotta, pink, teal blue, green and more) make it perfectly suited for holiday entertaining. I can't imagine a more appropriate or stunning pattern for Thanksgiving entertaining. Dinner plates are the most important piece of your dinnerware set. Not only are they used for serving the main course of any meal, but also used to serve entrée size salads and as serving plates for sandwiches, waffles, cookies, grilled vegetables, cheese assortments, bread, etc. Be sure to have plenty on hand for family celebrations and when extra guests arrive. Johnson Brothers Harvest dinner plates measure 10¾" [27.3 cm] across. All plates bear the Johnson Brothers Windsor Ware backstamp with a heraldic shield topped with fruit and foliage and the words A GENUINE HAND ENGRAVING . Inside the shield portion of the pattern mark are a castle and the words Windsor Ware and JOHNSON BROS ENGLAND . Below the heraldic shield logo is the following: REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. ALL DECORATION UNDER THE GLAZE DETERGENT AND ACID RESISTING COLORS PAT. NO. 175.738 . All dinner plates appear new showing little if any prior use. I believe the former owner may have used this pattern solely for display. It is truly rare to find any quantity of this stunning pattern from the 1960s in such excellent condition. Johnson Brothers began producing notable tableware in 1883 in Staffordshire England and are credited with the development of "semi-porcelain", a type of earthenware with the characteristics of fine china and durability of ironstone. They have a well deserved reputation for creating stunning tableware of outstanding quality worldwide. In 1968, Johnson Brothers joined the Wedgwood Group and today the 4th generation of this prestigious family sits on the Wedgwood board. However, sadly, Johnson Brothers no longer produces any of their products in England. In 2003, Johnson Brothers moved all of their production from England to China, resulting in a loss of over 1000 jobs in Great Britain. I am certain, it pained them to make this move, but they did so since they could produce their goods in China with 70% reduction in cost. All of the dinnerware pieces offered here in the Harvest and companion Windsor Fruit dinnerware pattern were created in England, making these pieces even more valuab...
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