Re: Help with Aesthetic Platter, please
Posted by Andrew J Pye on July 20, 2010, 4:37 pm, in reply to "Re: Help with Aesthetic Platter, please"
Hi Marni |
Let's not get diverted by red herrings. Your platter is clearly made by T&R Boote and the pattern is Yosemite. What we are uncertain of is what precisely is Yosemite pattern. It may be the border design and the lower aesthetic design, leaving the the upper two thirds to be what ever the designer chose. So there may have been Yosemite variants. Only a visit to the Design Registry records at Kew in London will answer that the question. What exactly did Boote register as Yosemite? It does make sense that the redwood was on the large(st) platter
Or it may be that Yosemite appeared on different shapes and the only pieces that turn up in research today (tomorrow may be different) are the rectangular ones, except for your oval platter. There may be an entire oval service out there.
Or Boote found that firing rectangular platters up to a certain size was fine, but once they got to really large ones they had to go for oval shape. The rectangular ones may have gone out of shape. It has happened even in modern potteries! Spinning platters and plates can be a nightmare.
Relax you have a Boote Yosemite platter.
Is it rare? Well sort of, because once you get above 20" in length you have a large platter and few services had platters above 18" or 19", so it is sort of immediately rareish. Does that make it desirable, well not necessarily. To give you some idea, included in the last 1,000,000 searches on our website over the last 12 months, only one person searched for china by Boote and that was not for Yosemite. Rarity does not equal desirability exactly?
Basically enjoy what you have.