Columbia University Plates
Wedgwood issued a set of twelve college plates for Columbia University in New York
City in 1932. Lenox also issued a set of twelve Columbia University plates the same
year. Transfer printed onto a Lenox off-white bone china plate, with the decoration
outlined in black, filled with blue or a light creamy yellow, with three gold bands -- a very
elaborate technique. Approximately 10.5 inch diameter, there were at least 15 different
views made by Lenox for Columbia University.
From "Commemorative Plates by Wedgwood", a pamphlet published in 1931 by Jones, McDuffee &
Stratton, the major US china importer of the time, based in Boston, we learn more information:
"The Columbia plates are being sponsored by the Alumni Federation of the university,
and were designed by Francis A. Nelson, the famous contemporary architect, in
cooperation with a committee of distinguished architects and artists, graduates of
The plate is scalloped hexagonally, and the floral design broken by six insets, three
small and three large. At the bottom is the university seal surmounted by a king's
crown, with the Columbia Lion at the left, and the Van Am Memorial at the right. The
larger three medallions depict the three sites of Columbia, from its founding on Park
Place to its present location on Morningside Heights. In the bowl of the plate,
surrounding the view, is shown the Columbia motto. The centre drawings [were]
produced under the supervision of Otto R. Eggers, Esq."
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