Vintage Adorable Hand Painted Light Green Larger Version Ceramic Fish Plate Japan 1940’S.


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Weight32 oz
Packaging Dimensions15 × 12 × 4 in


Vintage adorable hand painted light green larger version ceramic fish plate Japan 1940's. These adorable fish plates were made in a Japan in the 1940's (we found them wrapped in newsprint dated 1948) by the Edward P. Paul gift Company of New York. They measure about 10 inches long and feature some gold leaf style design. Shaped like a fish. they have texture built into the design, New old stock. Amazing light green color please note they may have some slight paint or design flaws this was just the process back in the day. No chips or cracks! please note if this plate is too big for your needs, please be sure to check our smaller version of this fish plate that we offer for sale.

EDWARD P. PAUL AND COMPANY (EPP&CO) was once the largest importer of ceramics and housewares on the east coast. They opened their doors in 1898 in Brooklyn, New York and eventually had a very large warehouse in NJ. Most of their goods were made in Italy (glassware) and Japan (ceramics & porcelain) some was made in Germany, France and even Czechoslovakia. It was transported by ship in large wooden crates packed with hay/straw. The company had several product lines of quality including a higher end line they called Paul Lux that mirrored the fancy French China of the 1940’s and 50’s. For the most part they had a middle of the road line that was sold in many large older department stores as well as privately owned mom and pop houseware shops across the United States. All these items were mass produced overseas with very limited quality control for those times. This helped keep costs down to help them turn a profit. You will always notice sloppy hand painting of details and very minor ceramic defects yet still their items were quite nice and made fantastic decorations throughout people’s homes. You may remember seeing them in your parents’ or grandparents’ home growing up. I can remember seeing so many of the items that I am selling from the EPP& CO. in my grandparent’s home in my grandfather’s houseware store (Krieger’s Housewares & Gifts) and in all the big department stores as a child. Hong Kong Old has been fortunate enough to have found an extremely large holdings of the original crates filled with EPP&Co. merchandise that had been rescued from there now defunct warehouse. It was all produced in the 1920’s through the 1960’s and sat untouched until it was rescued. Most EPP&CO. merchandise has an Identifying sticker that says Edward P. Paul and Co. 1898 or Paul’s gifts, sometimes the items are embossed with the word “PAULS” or painted with PAULUX.

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