"Primitive" dinner plate
Manufactured by Salem China Company (founded in 1898)
Object Place: Salem, Ohio
Overall: 1.9 x 25.4 cm (3/4 x 10 in.)
Medium or Technique
The 1940s and 1950s (Gallery 336)
“Free form” pattern, white ground speckled with brown, decorated with stick-figure drawings of people and animals in red and brown; circular with flared rim
inscribed in gold paint on base: "free [dot] form / by / Salem [in cursive, surounded by a circle and above a teacup outline] / U.S.A. / Patented / ovenproof / primitive"
Purchased by donor on eBay January/February/March 2007
Gift of Brett Angell
Reproduced with permission.