Of great importance to scholars, collectors, dealers, and others
interested in the history of ceramics, the decorative arts, and
industrial culture, Syracuse China examines the birth, growth, and
remarkable resilience over more than a century of one of America's
major manufacturers of ceramic tableware. Drawing on the company's
archives and historical collection of ware, the authors explore not
only the history of its products but also the people who designed,
made, decorated, sold, and used them.
Syracuse China was the pioneer manufacturer of a distinctively
American type of vitrified fine china, as well as the first
American "rolled edge" shapes which revolutionized hotel and
restaurant dining. The company was also a great leader in labor
relations and marketing within its industry.
Cleota Reed and Stan Skoczen's lively account of this
fascinating chapter in the history of American material culture
spans the Victorian age to the present. Collectors and enthusiasts
will find the following features invaluable:
-- 30 color plates
-- 128 black-and-white photographs
-- A comprehensive visual listing of Syracuse China's back
-- An appendix that enables the reader to identify Syracuse China
shapes and patterns.
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