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What are Currier and Ives plates?

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Currier and Ives plates are part of a dinnerware collection produced by the Royal China Company of Sebring, Ohio from the 1950s to the mid-1980s. This dinnerware features various scenes from popular Currier and Ives art prints. During its time of manufacture, pieces of dinnerware were given to consumers by the A&P supermarket chain as a premium gift with purchase. Select department stores sold the dinnerware to customers.

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Currier and Ives lithographic prints initially gained popularity in the 1800s. The company made and sold numerous prints in many styles. By 1950, when the first Currier and Ives glazed dinnerware was made available to the public, the original copyrights to the artwork had expired. The Royal China company capitalized on the popularity of this scenic artwork with dinnerware sets adorned with various prints.

Currier and Ives dinnerware is found in shades of blue, pink, green, brown and black. Shoppers at the A&P could buy additional dinnerware pieces at the store. Blue plates and pieces are more numerous than all other colors, since these were produced in higher quantities. Collectors also prefer the blue pieces. It is interesting to note that, within the same set of dishes, the dinner plates share the same scene, while all of the other plates, bowls and saucers depict different scenes.

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