Plate from the Tricorne Series, Mandarin Pattern Plate
This is a plate. It was designed by Don Schreckengost and Frank H. Sebring Jr. and manufactured by Salem China Company. It is dated 1934 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is earthenware. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
Don Schreckengost created the Tricorne ceramic tableware as a nineteen-year-old student with The Salem China Company. Tricorne was often sold alongside the Streamline shape. The Salem China Company partnered with Warner Brothers and hired movie stars to sit for publicity photographs taking tea with Tricorne and Streamline. These promotions, as well as Tricorne and Streamline’s modern color and pattern serve as reminders of the strategies that manufacturers enacted to maintain a profit during the Great Depression.
This object was
George R. Kravis II.
It is credited
Gift of George R. Kravis II.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 5.1 × 58.4 × 58.4 cm (2 × 23 × 23 in.)
It has the following markings
On underside: Stamped in gray (slighlty illegible)  TRICORNE  By Salem  U.S. PATENT  D.9424[5? illegible]
Cite this object as
Plate from the Tricorne Series, Mandarin Pattern Plate; Designed by Donald Schreckengost (American, 1911 - 2001), Frank H. Sebring Jr. (American, 1889 - 1934); Manufactured by Salem China Company; earthenware; H x W x D: 5.1 × 58.4 × 58.4 cm (2 × 23 × 23 in.); Gift of George R. Kravis II; 2016-5-1