I’m pretty sure you can’t do 40s and 50s without pink. There’s no getting around it.
I saw this sort-of-set at the Pasadena City College Swap Meet (Pasadena, CA being home to all things California Pottery) and couldn’t pass it up. The handles on the cups matched the handles on my ringware. I had no ringware plates, so this solved that dilemma. Add a few vintage tablecloths (they all have pink) and I was good to go. These were our “company’s coming” dishes for a few years, but now I have my Polish Pottery and something’s gotta give.
Of course, you wouldn’t HAVE to go all pink and retro. I actually think that this compliments the current leaf and swirl trend very, very well. I was re-reading my “Complete Collector’s Guide to Bauer Pottery” last night and am back to thinking that this IS the Monterey Moderne pattern after all. Seems they made two styles of cups.
The majority of this group is in good to excellent (though not mint) condition. The five tea cups are excellent. There are eight saucers (nice to have a backup or two in case of breakage), 23 bread and butter plates (6.25″ dia.), seven pink luncheon plates (9.25″ dia.) plus one lone burgundy one, nine dinner plates (10.5″ dia.), two gravy boats in excellent condition, and one P pepper shaker with a chip on top. I seem to have lost the S shaker, unless it’s hiding in the missing box (in which case, I guess it’s still lost). The plates are mostly in good condition with a few excellent, and unfortunately one with clouding, and one with a crack. I am willing to sell everything you see here for $100 plus shipping since that’s essentially how I bought it. Because there are so many bread and butter plates I am also willing to entertain splitting the lot up, like say, 12 bread and butter plates plus the burgundy luncheon plate and gravy boat for one buyer and the rest to another.
Tomorrow will be another monochromatic day.