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Buffaloware Sample Plate, ca. 1975

This is a Sample plate. It was manufactured by Oneida Ltd.. It is dated ca. 1975 and we acquired it in 2005. Its medium is molded and glazed earthenware. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Sample plates give us an idea of the colors and techniques that were fashionable during different periods. This ceramic plate is part of Oneida Ltd’s Buffalo line, a ceramic manufacturer that started out under the name the Buffalo Pottery Company in Buffalo, New York, became Buffalo China Inc. in 1940, and was later acquired by Oneida. During World War II, Oneida supplied the United States government and thereafter produced wares mainly intended for use in restaurants, trains, and ships, although many were custom orders.
This plate from the 1950s shows a full range of available colors encircling a gilt buffalo. The plate also has a black buffalo mark, on a smaller scale, on the reverse. The colors reflect the design ethos of its era and can be seen in combination in some of the patterned wares from the Buffalo line.

It is credited Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment.

  • Sample Plate (Bavaria), 1948
  • molded, enameled and glazed hard-paste porcelain.
  • Gift of Michele Oka Doner in honor of Lisa Roberts.
  • 2014-52-1

Our curators have highlighted 11 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Sample Plate (Denmark), 1930s
  • moulded and glazed porcelain, with enamelled color.
  • Museum purchase from Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund.
  • 2003-5-4

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 2.8 x 23 cm (1 1/8 x 9 1/16 in.)

It has the following markings

On underside: image of Buffalo / "BRT / 08-00"

Cite this object as

Buffaloware Sample Plate, ca. 1975; Manufactured by Oneida Ltd. ; USA; molded and glazed earthenware; H x diam.: 2.8 x 23 cm (1 1/8 x 9 1/16 in.); Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment; 2005-11-3

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.

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