1950s CALIFORNIA MADE SANTA ANITA WARE SERVING PLATTER
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Thanksgiving dinner was not complete unless Grandma Edith graced the table with her Santa Anita Ware ceramic bowl piled high with mountains of jumbo black olives. There was just something about the splendor of the presentation that made the simple briny treats appear as if an uncommon delicacy, even though just minutes before they were in a can in the pantry. Perhaps, subliminally, the multitude of olives was a metaphor representing an abundant harvest. Or perhaps, it was that one day of the year on which children (and some adults who wouldn't admit to it) were allowed to throw out social mores and stick the black beauties on the end or their fingers and eat them off one by one.
For sale is a beautiful Santa Anita Ware ceramic serving bowl/platter. This piece was made in California probably in the 1950s. It is Santa Anita's pattern # R-27 which features grape leafs forming three bowls and a center handle. It measures 16" (41cm) X 9 (23cm) X 2" (5cm) high. It is glazed in earth brown tones with red-orange highlights. The maker's mark in etched into the bottom. A wonderful dish for a retro-themed dinner party or would also make a fun candy dish or dresser top catch-all.
This bowl is in very good vintage condition with a shiny glaze and only a few small nicks along the edges. The metal handle has lost its original shiny finish and is discolored in spots but is free of any rust.
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