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Gatsby, baby! Intimate Art Deco Dinnerware Set for 2, Community China's "Deauville": glamorous Roaring 20s opulence + old world quality...Zelda & F. Scott Fitzgerald's (or Tom and Daisy's) after-hours Waldorf Astoria wedding reception party might look like this: Jazz babies dripping in diamonds and pearls swinging from chandeliers as they lift their glasses of champagne in a toast to their marvelous hosts, speakeasy jazz floating through the air…or, imagine using this china at your next special occasion, serving it up with style! The perfect gift for newlyweds, or anyone who loves Art Deco.

Please Note: We’ve spent years collecting this pattern (and are always on the lookout for more), so please contact us if you don't see what you want here in our "Vintage Dinnerware - China, Porcelain, Glass, & Retro Plastique" section: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SusabellaBrownstein?section_id=6280769 Also, all pieces in this pattern qualify for our Discount Wedding Registry Service; please see our Shop Policy page: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SusabellaBrownstein/policy or contact us for more information.

:: Deauville Pattern History ::

One of the most desirable Art Deco dinnerware patterns ever made, Deauville was commissioned in 1931 by Oneida’s Community (Silver) Plate as a chic complement to its elegant silverware, crystal and hollowware patterns of the same name.

Imported Bavarian porcelain pieces of exceptional quality— hard-paste porcelain formed into gently angled geometric shapes—e.g. 10-sided polygonal plates—glazed in a luscious ivory cream and trimmed in platinum Art Deco chevron / arrowhead-shaped accents (there was also a French version in white, shaped slightly differently). The trim and triangular accents look black in some of the photos, but this is just a shadow effect; the decorations are all a pure glittering, silvery platinum. This is a matched set with differing backstamps; photos available upon request.

Visionary designer Grosvenor Allen patented the design in 1929, and named it after the glamorous French resort town of Deauville. Also known as the Parisian Riviera, this beach-side paradise inspired countless others, including luminaries like Coco Chanel, who opened her 2nd shop and began her transition from hat maker to couturier there (not to mention her torrid affair with "Boy"); F. Scott Fitzgerald, who placed Tom and Daisy's honeymoon scene in his book "The Great Gatsby" there; and it was almost certainly the basis for the casino in the James Bond film, "Casino Royale"!

:: Details & Condition ::

This 12-piece set features 2 beautiful 6-piece place settings made up from the following pieces:

* Dinner Plates – 10” diameter [25.4cm]
* Salad Plates – 7 7/8” [20cm]
* Bread or Dessert Plates – 6.25” [15.9cm]
* Ice Cream or Berry Bowls – 5.5” [14cm]
* Tea or Coffee Cups – 3.5” diameter by 2.25” high [5.75cm]
* Saucers – 6” [15.25cm]

Pieces are in amazing vintage condition – very little sign of use, just occasional faint areas of wear here and there – Zelda must have stored them in a trunk in her attic for the past 90 years, as there are no chips, cracks, discolorations, repairs, etc. This pattern seems to be immune to crazing (the crackling of the clear overglaze), which is a testament to its quality.

Set weighs approx. 5lbs before being packaged for shipment. More photos available upon request.

:: Oneida Community ::

Born out of an utopian 19th century religious commune in Oneida NY run by the Perfectionists, (seriously!) the Community Plate line included some of my favorite silverplated flatware designs. Many were designed by Grosvenor Allen, and included 1914’s ‘Patrician’, 1917’s architectural ‘Adam’, 1921’s eponymous ‘Grosvenor’, 1923’s Bird of Paradise, 1929’s gorgeous matching Deauville, 1930’s iconic Noblesse, the feminine Lady Hamilton in 1932, and the regal Coronation in 1936.

For an informative and well-researched article (plus her associated books) on the Oneida Community’s fascinating utopian history and their Jazz Age wares, see Nancy Gluck’s blog, Silver Threads: http://silverseason.wordpress.com/american-silverplate/oneida/how-i-set-the-community-table/

:: Care & Handling ::

As with any china with metallic embellishment, these pieces should not be used in microwaves, and we strongly recommend hand washing. Where there is surface crazing, avoid staining by restricting contact with acidic or deeply colored liquids & foods (strong coffee, beets, etc). Although it is tempting to stack the cups one on top of another, please don’t – it will eventually wear down the platinum on the handles.

PLEASE NOTE: Vintage and antique dishes were often decorated with glazes containing varying amounts of toxic chemicals, eg. lead or cadmium. If you have a concern, please research before purchasing. To minimize exposure to these toxins when using vintage dinnerware, please observe the following precautions: use infrequently; do not expose to high heat, including microwaves, ovens, and dishwashers; avoid contact with acidic foods & liquids, especially if piece is cracked or crazed (slight crackling of the clear overglaze); do not use to store food or liquids; hand wash with a gentle detergent soon after use and allow to air dry.

More treasures from the Belle Époque, Art Nouveau and Art Deco through Mid Century eras await in our Vintage Dinnerware China, Porcelain, Glass, Retro Plastique section: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SusabellaBrownstein?section_id=6280769

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INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: We love to ship globally; please provide your address for an accurate quote of shipping costs. You must determine your own local customs fees or import taxes, if applicable.

We pack professionally and have a stellar track record when it comes to shipping delicate china; see our feedback or read our blog entry "Pack and Schlep" at www.SusabellaBrownstein.wordpress.com for more details.

Superb Art Deco Dinnerware for 2, Deauville Community China, Ivory Cream w/ Platinum, Vintage Wedding China



  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: Community China Deauville, Bavarian Porcelain, Creamy Ivory Glaze, Silvery Platinum Arrowhead Chevron Motif, Art Deco Dinnerware, Place Settings
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 509 reviews
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