In 1946, when an advertisement ran in a New York newspaper for a sale of Russel Wright’s American Modern dinnerware at the department store Gimbels, buyers lined up around the block. Inside, near riots ensued as consumers battled for gravy boats, creamers, bowls, and saucers. The now iconic ceramics seduced homemakers across the country with their sensuous forms and luscious colors inspired by nature. Wright mass-produced the line from 1939 through ’59, each piece bearing his trademarked signature, and it remains one of the best-selling dinnerware patterns of all time. But since it was made for everyday use, vintage sets and larger pieces in pristine condition are not easy to come by. Now, thanks to Bauer Pottery Co. of Los Angeles, American Modern lives on (unchipped!). The firm worked closely with Wright in the 1940s and ’50s, and is now reproducing 14 of the most popular pieces, including dishes, bowls, platters, and tea and coffee cups, readily available through its website, Bauer Pottery.
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