Manufacturer: Scammell China and Syracuse China
User: Drake Hotel
Date of Scammell plate: 1923 – 1927
Date of Syracuse bowl: 1940
Notes: Located on East Oak Street, East Walton Place and North Michigan along the Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Ill., the 13-floor Drake was built in the Italian Renaissance style in 1919. It received a $45-million five-year renovation 1998 – 2003.
The Drake consistently has been rated one of the best hotels in the United States, appearing on several Top 10 lists. The brothers John and Tracy Drake, who developed this hotel, had earlier developed The Blackstone. In contrast to the old hotel's name, they named their development firm the "Whitestone Hotel Company." At one point it was a Kirkeby Hotel.
The design by both manufacturers consists of formal baskets of fruit and greenery arranged around the ware's rim and interrupting a broad green band. The band on Scammell's version seems a deeper green than Syracuse's. The design is found in a binder of Syracuse underglaze patterns (shown above).
Syracuse photos: Mark Taylor