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Vegetable Serving Plate, Residential Line

Decorative Arts

Because of its low cost and easy care, plastic attracted both consumer and designer in the postwar era. Russel Wright worked with the chemical company American Cyanamid to develop a line of dinnerware from its patented plastic, Melamine. Although that venture was not successful, Wright soon found other companies to produce his designs for plastic dinnerware. Originally intended for institutional use, plastic dinnerware also found a place at home, and by 1957 Wright’s Residential line, produced by Northern Industrial Chemical, had door-to-door sales of $4 million.
MEDIUM Plastic
DATES 1953 (pattern introduced)
DIMENSIONS 1 1/2 x 8 x 9 1/4 in. (3.8 x 20.3 x 23.5 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS no marks
SIGNATURE not signed
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Paul F. Walter
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CAPTION Russel Wright (American, 1904-1976). Vegetable Serving Plate, Residential Line, 1953 (pattern introduced). Plastic, 1 1/2 x 8 x 9 1/4 in. (3.8 x 20.3 x 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Paul F. Walter, 1999.29.48. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE group, 1994.165.61_83.108.104_1999.29.48_83.108.104_83.108.91a-b_83.108.103_83.108.107.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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Vegetable Serving Plate, Residential Line