Pattern: Early California
Date of platter: 1931 – 1968
Notes: Below is an excerpt from an article written by Joseph Heaven, originally published in the American Craft Magazine, Aug/Sept 1982:
"The Technical Porcelain and China Ware Company is now a part of California history, but at its height John Pagliero's 'Pottery' could produce 30,000 dishes a day …
"At one point Pagliero offered 25 airbrushed patterns and over 30 tissue transfers; underglaze decals with custom logos were also available. Many of the standard patterns were western in theme: Branding Iron, Wagon Wheel, Ox-Head and Western Traveler. An Early California series commemorated scenes of state history from the Spanish missions to the forty-niners. Keeping the spirit of Mark Twain alive, a Calaveras County hotel ordered custom table ware for the Celebrated Jumping Frog festivals, including a slip-cast frog whose gaping mouth held toothpicks. It is possible that Pagliero, a naturalized Westerner, was unaware of the tongue-in-cheek humor of some designs. For example, a guest at the White Log Tavern, finishing his plate of rare roast beef, might find himself staring down into a wagon train scene with the caption "Donner Party 1846."
Tan body with brown transfer western wagon train design. The Early California design was also produced in green or cobalt blue on a white body. This piece bears the simple Tepco China U.S.A. backstamp (circa 1931-1968) found on ninety percent of TEPCO wares.
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