Manufacturer: Syracuse China
Pattern: Deep Sea Gardens
Date of service plate: circa 1927 – 1950s
Notes: Harry G. Aitken was a young designer working in Trenton, N.J., when he was hired by Syracuse China in 1904 to be the head of their decorating department. He streamlined the color system and developed the process of transfer-printing on blanks to be hand-filled, of which this entry is an example. Aitken's style was both painterly and picturesque, and he developed several series of hand-painted decorations, including this Deep Sea Gardens series that included four variations. Shown above are three of the four known to exist, per page 5 of "Syracuse China," by Cleota Reed and Stan Skoczen.
The service plate in this entry (Variation #1) is on Syracuse China's Old Ivory body that has a reddish-brown narrow band on the outer edge of the rim. The rest of the rim, except for the top, is filled with drawings of tropical fish and undersea plants that were transfer-printed and hand-painted.
Syracuse China, 1997, by Cleota Reed and Stan Skoczen
For additional info:
Salute to Harry G. Aitken by Larry Paul
Syracuse China Nature Studies
ID and Variation #1 plate photos: Madison Stanton
Author: Ed Phillips