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Experimental Plates from the 1930s
When a shape is developed, the first piece modeled is almost always a 9" plate. The second is usually a piece of hollowware such as a teacup or covered sugar bowl. If the shape is approved, the rest of the assortment can be created based on these initial pieces. In some cases, a shape is not developed beyond the initial 9" plate. Shown below are examples of such plates from the collection of the Fiesta® Tableware Company.

Shape names were almost never decided upon until after the design was approved. Instead, descriptive names were often used before an official one was determined. For example, Frederick Rhead called the new dinnerware line for 1933 "molded edge plate" and "rose medallion" before it was finally named Virginia Rose. Georgian Ivory was "beaded edge" and Swing Eggshell was called "convex shape" due to the unique shape of its rim. The first piece of Fiesta, a 9" plate, was modeled in February 1935 and was simply referred to as, "ring plate for colored glazes." Because of this practice, none of the plates on this page were ever given proper names.


Trellis with additional embossing

Embossing detail

Octagon plates with molded corners
in platinum and green

Octagon plates with molded corners
in platinum and orange

Octagon plates with molded corners
in platinum and black

Scallop edge plate, light embossing
along the edge, clear glaze

Scallop edge plate in vellum

Scallop plate with indented embossing

Scallop plate with floral embossing #1 in vellum

Scallop plate with floral embossing #1 in yellow

Scallop plate with floral embossing #2

Scallop plate with floral embossing #3

Corner rose embossing plate #1

Corner rose embossing plate #2

Square plate with rounded corners

Square plate with rounded corners

Square plate with rounded corners

Square plate with rounded corners

Square plate with rounded corners

Square plate with rounded corners

Ring plate with embossed flowers, hand-painted

Ring plate with embossed flowers, green glaze

Ring plate with embossed flowers, yellow glaze

Fluted plate with verge embossing (alternate for Coronet)

Decaled triangle plate in art glaze rust from 1931

Triangle plate in art glaze rust from 1931

Decaled fluted scalloped plate in art glaze rust

Fluted scalloped plate in art glaze rose

Fluted scalloped plate with verge embossing
underglaze hand-painted details

Fluted scalloped plate with verge embossing
glazed in Harlequin blue

Fluted scalloped plate with verge embossing
glazed in vellum

Fluted scalloped plate with verge embossing
glazed in light brown

Model 625, Harlequin variant, June 1936

Model 614, Harlequin variant, June 1936

Model 624, Harlequin variant, June 1936

Model 624, Harlequin variant, June 1936

Model 624, Harlequin variant, June 1936

Embossing detail

Embossed rim plate in vellum
with hand-painted details

Embossed rim plate in
art glaze rust

Embossed rim plate in maroon

Embossed rim plate in yellow

Coupe plate with embossed edge in Fiesta red

Plate with saw tooth embossing #1

Plate with saw tooth embossing #1

Plate with saw tooth embossing #2

Scalloped plate with light molded relief on rim

Scalloped plate with light molded relief on rim

Scalloped plate with light molded relief on rim

Model 638, Swedish plate (alternate for Tango)

Embossed narrow rim plate

Plate with spiral embossing

Scalloped plate with light relief embossing
in art glaze green

Scalloped plate with light relief embossing
in art glaze rust

Model 615, egg and dart edge plate in turquoise, 1936

Model 615, egg and dart edge plate in yellow, 1936

Embossed swirl in yellow

Embossed swirl in pastel blue

Embossed swirl plate, pattern R-3057

Embossed swirl plate, pattern X-5

Embossed swirl in vellum, pattern R-5012

Emobssed swirl in vellum, pattern R-5011

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