SET OF 4 DECORATIVE CURRIER & IVES WINTER SCENE PLATES!

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SET OF FOUR 8 1/4 INCHES WIDE

DECORATIVE BLUE & WHITE

CURRIER AND IVES

WINTER SCENES

PLATES

WITH

GILDED RIMS

EACH OF THESE GILT EDGED COBALT BLUE & WHITE CURRIER & IVES PLATES MEASURE ABOUT 8 1/4 INCHES ACROSS AND ARE TITLED AS FOLLOWS:

PLATE 1 ~ "THE OLD HOMESTEAD IN WINTER"

PLATE 2 ~ "THE HOMESTEAD IN WINTER"

PLATE 3 ~ "THE FARMERS HOME-WINTER

PLATE 4 ~ "A HOME IN THE WILDERNESS"

ALL ARE IN FANTASTIC CONDITION... LOOK GREAT ON A TABLE OR THE WALL, REALLY HELP TO SET A CLASSIC AMERICAN CHRISTMAS MOOD, AND MAKE A GREAT ADDITION TO ANY COLLECTION OF:

CLASSIC AMERICAN SCENES OF WINTER COBALT BLUE & WHITEWARE CURRIER & IVES~ICANA DECORATIVE PLATES AMERICANA AND A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT TO ANY LOVER OF CLASSIC AMERICAN CURRIER & IVES WINTER SCENES.

NOTE: THE PHOTOGRAPHS DO NO DO THESE BEAUTIFUL OLD PLATES JUSTICE... THEY ARE FAIRLY SHINEY AND I HAD TO SHOOT THEM AT AN ANGLE TO REDUCE THE GLARE...

THE COLOR OF ALL FOUR PLATES IS EVEN AND MATCHED IN REAL LIFE ~ THE CAMERA FLASH MADE THE BLUE APPEAR DIFFERENT IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS

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CURRIER & IVES

Charles R. Parsons:
Central-Park, Winter: The Skating Pond
Published by Currier & Ives, 1862
Museum of the City of New York, Harry T. Peters Collection

Currier and Ives was a printmaking firm headed by Nathaniel Currier (1813-1888) and James Merritt Ives (1824-1895).

Currier first worked as a printmaker in the firm of Stodart & Currier, and then later as N. Currier (1835-1856). Newspapers did not have pictures. Tfore, the public was interested in some source for pictures of recent newsworthy events. In 1835, Currier produced the print, "Ruins of the Planter's Hotel, New Orleans, which fell at two O'clock on the Morning of the 15th of May 1835, burying 50 persons, 40 of whom Escaped with their Lives." The print was moderately successful.

In 1840, he produced "Awful Conflagration of the Steamboat Lexington in Long Island Sound on Monday Evening, January 18, 1840, by which melancholy occurrence over One Hundred Persons Perished". The print was very successful, and Currier soon had a weekly insert in the New York Sun .

In 1852, Ives started working as the accountant for the firm. Ives improved the bookkeeping for the firm and also streamlined the print production process. In 1857, Ives became a partner in the firm. The two became close friends.

Currier and Ives described itself as "Publishers of Cheap and Popular Pictures". Their pictures were indeed hugely popular; from 1835 to 1907 they produced over a million prints by a process of hand-colored lithography . A staff of artists produced the lithographs. The colors were applied in an assembly-line style of operation, typically by German immigrant girls, each of whom added a single color to the print.

The prints depicted a variety of scenes in American life, including winter scenes, horse racing images, portraits of people, pictures of ships, pictures of sporting events, and ferocious battle scenes from the American Civil War.

Currier died in 1888. Ives remained active in the firm until his death in 1895, Due to improvements in offset printing and photo engraving, the public demand for lithographs gradually diminished. Currier & Ives closed in 1907.

Today, original Currier and Ives prints are much sought-after by collectors, and modern reproductions of them are popular decorations. Especially popular are the winter scenes, which are commonly used on American Christmas cards.

The Christmas -themed song Sleigh Ride mentions the company by name.

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