Monday, May 31, 2010

Vintage Monday: Russell Wright Modern Dinnerware

We've already addressed my china obsession  right?  Well let's add Russell Wright to the list now.  I've always admired the colors and lines of his Modern dinnerware and finally managed to find two great pieces on sale this weekend.  We spent Saturday afternoon at the Antique Gallery of Round Rock and I had a lovely time wandering through the individual booths and picking out treasures.   I picked up a few (newer edition) Fiesta berry bowls and gravy pitcher in turquoise and some really great jewelry as well (pictures to come soon).  Many of the booths had fabulous Memorial Day sale prices and I chanced upon this Russell Wright chop plate and serving bowl in a pale grey.  The lines and curves are beautiful and I can't wait to add more to the collection.  I especially love the pitchers!  (note to self: time to buy a credenza for more storage)

A little bit more about Russell Wright from the Metropolitan Museum of Art website:

American Modern dinnerware, 1937
Russel Wright (American, 1904–1976)
Glazed earthenware

The biomorphic forms and softly vibrant color palette of Wright's American Modern service, made of sturdy and inexpensive earthenware, made it one of the most popular ceramic services ever created. The highly sculptural forms of some the pieces in this service, including the teardrop-shaped pitcher with elongated spout, were unlike any other products on the market...

As the best-selling ceramic service ever, Wright's dinnerware proved to be an especially successful example of the Good Design movement, which sought to make well-designed, modern goods available to consumers at every price point.

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