Vernon Kilns "Our America - Draw Bridge" Luncheon Plate
Distinguished Vernon Kilns "Our America - Draw Bridge" Luncheon Plate. Designed by Rockwell Kent. Measures 9-1/4" diameter & 1" deep. Excellent Condition; no chips, no cracks, no crazing, no stains. Hallmarked on bottom.
In 1939, the New York painter and illustrator Rockwell Kent designed a line of tableware for the California manufacturer Vernon Kilns called “Our America.” Its simple forms were decorated with transfers of wood engravings depicting American scenes from Manhattan to the Great Lakes to a Florida lagoon, many of them depicting laborers at work. The forms were printed in red, blue, or brown on a cream colored ground, and each of the pieces was rimmed with stars on a dark ground. Kent’s designs for the set captured American innocence, bravado, and patriotism just prior to the nation’s entry into World War II.