Copeland Spode Black Transferware Charger Plate Harper Memorial Library Chicago University Stunning Architectural Border
Brand Spode Copeland
Here is a stunning black transferware plate by Spode / Copeland, circa 1931 featuring one of the fabulous buildings on the campus of Chicago University. This plate depicts the Harper Memorial.
- The dedication of Harper Memorial Library on June 11, 1912 represented a major milestone for the University of Chicago. With its elegant Gothic architecture and advanced technology—the building featured telephones and a system of pneumatic tubes to transmit book orders—the new library was, according to the Chicago Tribune, “the largest and most important building yet erected on the campus of the University of Chicago.”
Architects Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge, who had come to prominence in Chicago for their work on the Art Institute of Chicago, designed the new building. The library took inspiration from King’s College Chapel at Cambridge, as well as Magdalen College and Christ Church College at Oxford. It featured other architectural nods to colleges and universities in Europe and the United States, including stone carvings of the coats of arms of Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and the University of California, among many others.
- The custom designed border is composed of Gothic architectural decoration with three cartouche like vignettes of the University enveloped by trailing ivy.
Condition: Beautiful! No chips or cracks, some crazing
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