|Persian Medallion - Fenton|
|Persian Medallion, with it's ring of embroidered medallions, displays a definite Moorish influence. The pattern was produced from about 1911 to the early 1920s. Nine-inch plates, like the one shown above in green, are quite hard to find. There are also 6-inch plates, 7-7 1/2 inch plates, and very rare chop plates. The bonbons are distinguished by the wide range of colors in which they are found. The one shown is in blue, a fairly common color in this pattern.
Also found in rosebowls, hair receivers and compotes discussed below. Several sizes of bowls are also available. Large bowls, about 10 inches across, can be found with ruffled, 3n1 or candy ribbon edges. Standard bowls are about 8 1/2 inches across and are found in CRE, 3n1, ICS and ruffled shapes. Medium sized bowls are about 7 inches across. Small sauces are about 6 inches across and are found ICS, ruffled or tri-corner shaped. A tri-corner sauce is shown in the photo above. Most pieces, except bonbons, are found in amethyst, blue, green, marigold or white.
Fenton reissued Persian Medallion plates, bowls, goblets, and compotes.
Amethyst Persian Medallion plates were one of the first reissues Fenton made. Some of these early plates did not have the Fenton logo. Because of this, they are often thought to be of the classic era. So, be very cautious when buying these amethyst plates--most are not old.
Glen Thistlewood, in commenting about these amethyst/purple 9-inch plates, says "The one in current consideration has a Bearded Berry back -- and the pattern is very different from the old version of Bearded Berry. On the old one, the fruits and stem are set onto a plain background. (See photo below to the left) But on the newer re-issue, there is a complex "scale-filler" everywhere." (See photo below to the right)
|Compotes are found in two sizes. The larger has the medallion pattern on the exterior; the smaller has a wide panel exterior. Cupped in pieces are called rosebowls if they have a cicular opening and hair receivers if they have a square top opening.|
|Above is a small spittoon in green. Here the pattern is on the inside with the exterior plain. Apparently made from the small bowl mold. Courtesy of Don and Becky Hamlet.
The next two photos show the top and bottom of a hair receiver. What's interesting here is not the piece itself, but the original store sticker on the bottom with a price of 10 cents. It reads, "The City 5 and 10¢ Store, 80 North Main St, Harrisonburg, Va." Courtesy of Bill and Sharon Mizell.