Manufacturer: Maddock Pottery Co.
User: Hotel Normandie, also known as La Normandie
Pattern name: #166 Oriental Copenhaven
Date of platter: Circa 1890s-1911
Notes: The Hotel Normandie, also widely referred to as La Normandie, was owned by La Normandie Hotel Co. It was sited at the northeast corner of 15th and I streets N.W. in Washington, D.C., opposite McPherson Square. On the back of the postcard (shown below) is the text: "The Normandie. Located in the most fashionable part of the city and within five minutes' walk of the Executive Mansion, Treasury, State, War and Navy Departments."
Date of construction is not known, but it was open as early as 1890, when Elmer F. Woodbury was the proprietor. It was still running ads in The Washington Post in 1912, but on May 27, 1912, its furnishings and equipment were sold at a public auction.
In the same building, the Bellevue Hotel opened by at least 1915 and would have been the first location in the District for that hotel.
The platter is decorated with a crest in the same cobalt blue as the flower and vine border pattern. It includes a rampant lion within a shield. Open fabric drapery is held by crossed spears behind the shield. There is a crown above the fabric. Below, in all caps, are the words NORMANDIE.
For more info:
Normandie Hotel by Greenwood Pottery
Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, Vols. 69-71
Hotel Red Books
The Daily Washington Law Reporter, Vol. 40
The Washington Post
ID and Oriental Copenhaven pattern photo contributed by L Paul
Platter photos contributed by Babcock
Photos from Normandie booklet contributed by eBay seller ghost-train65
Postcard contributed by CardCow.com