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|Pope Gosser China Plates are plates manufactured by the Pope Gosser China Company.
Brief history and description
The Pope Gosser China Company was founded in 1902 by Bentley Pope, an Englishman and pottery maker who had emigrated to the United States in the late 1800s, and Charles F. Gosser, a jeweller.
Pope Gosser China began by making their products with European clay, mixing it with kaolin, quartz, and feldspar, before eventually switching to American clay. Their plates and chinaware developed a great reputation for largely resisting the signs of age and wear and tear, such as cracking and chipping.
The company rapidly expanded to become one of the primary suppliers of high quality china, and several of its pieces have become widely sought after collectables.
Following the Great Depression the company began to experiment with the use of colour in their chinaware, which became increasingly vivid, as a reaction against the same growing trend in European pottery and tableware.
At around the same time, the company merged with several others to become the American Chinaware Corporation, though it continued to produce the same product lines until company’s within the conglomeration went bankrupt, leading to a reduction in the prices of Pope Gosser China.
Guide for collectors
The Pope Gosser China Company have a high degree of collectability, with their pieces having garnered a reputation for quality which has made these items highly collectable amongst connoisseurs.
Distinguishing features of Pope Gosser China include the Pope Gosser China mark, which was used until 1908. In 1920, this was changed to encompass the initials of the company, which should work as an aid for those who own or encounter a piece of Pope Gosser China, for the oldest objects will feature the previous markings.
Pope Gosser China items also frequently feature ornate embellishments such as detailed handles to cups and patterned edges to plates.
The plates can fetch reasonable amounts at auction, though the prices are rarely very high. Prospective collectors should refer not only to the conventional auction houses but online auctioneers such as Ebay.com for potential bargains and interesting finds.
In addition, further Pope Gosser China items and in particular, a large number of Pope Gosser China plates, can be found at online sources such as the website TheCollectorsDream.net, where several such items are listed for sale with high quality photographs and detailed listings.
As with many other collectables, the older the piece and the better the condition, the more valuable it is considered to be amongst collectors.
Notable auction sales
The highest price paid at auction for a Pope Gosser set was $60, for a Pope Gosser porcelain china dinner service, sold from DuMouchelles on 9th December 2005.
In the middling price range, on 25th January 2005, Auctions Neapolitan sold a Pope Gosser china floral gilt dinner ware set with 31 pieces for $25, and a 56 piece of Pope Gosser pink rose china sold from Phoebus Auction Gallery on 23rd November 2008 for $20.
The lowest price paid at auction for a Pope Gosser china plate is $10, for an antique presentation Pope Gosser china plate, auctioned from Desert West Auction Service on 24th April 2010.
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