Quantity: 1 available
***IN ADDITION TO THIS “Portraits of American Bride” plate, WE ALSO HAVE AVAILABLE FOR SEPARATE PURCHASE five (5) other different plates from this same series of bridal-themed plates. To view the other companion “Bridal Plates” listings, simply type the phrase “Portraits of American Brides” into the site’s search box.***
Item/Description: Vintage 1986 “Portraits of American Brides” series “Elizabeth - Colonial 1790 Bride” Rob Sauber Artaffects Curator Collection numbered limited edition porcelain & 24K gold collector plate BZ3CA, the third issue/offering in this hard to find, discontinued 1986-1987 eight (8)-plates series.
Original box, Certificate of Authenticity (COA), and paper insert accompanies this plate.
The limited edition numbering on both the back side of the plate as well as on the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) match identically: #1110M
*Numbered, Limited Edition: #1110M
*Certificate of Authenticity: #1110M
Highly cross-collectible, this lovely weddings-themed plate will appeal as much to decorative plates collectors as it will to those looking for the perfect anniversary, engagement, bridal shower or wedding gift (it’s actually the perfect gift for any number of other occasions as well: Birthdays; Mother’s Day; Valentine’s Day; to name but a few).
***Face side of plate decoratively depicts this wedding scene imagery: A stunningly beautiful Auburn red-haired 1790 Colonial-era American bride on her wedding day. She is exquisitely and authentically attired in the period costume fashion style of her time - her very best two-tiered gown.
The colors comprising the floral overlay (? silk brocade) upper tier portion of her bridal dress are a scrumptiously vivid yet soothing array of teal blue, golden yellow, jade green, lawn green, pastel pink and cream hues with snow white accents. The ethereally white full-bodied, lower under-tier of her wedding gown, which is elaborately & intricately detailed and delicately accented with lace trim, marvelously complements the flowered upper portion of her gown, with the entire ensemble perfectly offset by her white fontage bonnet which is adorned with a green ribbon bow whose gay dangling streamer ribbons festively “dance” in accompaniment to each happy step this young bride takes on the road to her marriage.
In one hand she is holding the sweetest little nosegay of white flowers, while her other hand is clasped by the cutest of little flower girls who is lovingly gazing up at this beauteous bride with wonder and awe.
They are standing amidst a fall/autumn-colors garden landscape lush with flowers, with a charmingly picturesque church/home building visible in the background.
Attention to historically accurate detail on this plate is absolutely impeccable!
***You may view additional &/or enlarged photos of this item in our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/VintageTreasuresAZ?ref=shop_sugg
***Reverse side of plate is backstamped with the following legend in a lovely hue of pastel pink that is offset with an exquisitely decorative “bridal bouquet” embellishment: “Elizabeth by Rob Sauber. Third issue (3rd issue) in the ‘Portraits of American Brides’. A collection of eight porcelain plates featuring classic brides in period fashion. Curator Collection. Plate Number 1110M. 1986 Artaffects Ltd. Made in U.S.A.”
***Certificate of Authenticity (COA) reads: “Certificate of Authenticity. Curator Collection. Elizabeth by Rob Sauber. This is to certify that ‘Elizabeth’ by the gifted painter Rob Sauber is the third limited edition collector plate in the Curator Collection series, ‘Portraits of American Brides.’ The series is a tribute to the brides of this nation’s most important historic and fashion eras. ‘Elizabeth’ is strictly limited to a 10 day period of firing. Your plate is number 1110M. Richard J. Habeeb, President. Rob Sauber, Artist. BZ3CA.”
***Background Information re Plate/Series: Billed as a “...stunning Curator Collection of eight brides from distinct historical-fashion eras in our history” and “THE most romantic collection...”, there were a total of eight (8) plates produced as part of this long-since discontinued 1986-1987 “Portraits of American Brides” limited edition, 10-day period of firing series. Each plate in the series displayed a different but equally stunning vibrantly colorful image of a bride (brides) on her wedding day, and showcased her exquisitely lovely period fashion wedding dress (dresses)/gown (gowns) bridal regalia dating to different time periods/eras throughout American history. Some of the plates depict only the bride, others also include the grooms &/or wedding guests &/or bridal party.
***A complete listing of all of the plates that originally comprised this “Portraits of American Brides” (a/k/a “Portrait of American Brides”) series is as follows, listed in order of issue (we originally had ALL EIGHT plates available for purchase, but have since sold some of them - the notations accompanying each plate listed below indicates whether or not we still have that particular plate in our merchandise inventory):
1st Issue: I - Caroline - Southern 1860 (☹ SOLD OUT)
2nd Issue: II - Jacqueline - Victorian 1890 (☺ IN STOCK & FOR SALE)
3rd Issue: III - Elizabeth - Colonial 1790 (☺ IN STOCK & FOR SALE)
4th Issue: IV - Emily - Roaring Twenties 1920's (☺ IN STOCK & FOR SALE)
5th Issue: V - Meredith - Edwardian 1810 (☹ SOLD OUT)
6th Issue: VI - Laura World War II 1940's (☺ IN STOCK & FOR SALE)
7th Issue: VII - Sarah - Contemporary 1980's (☺ IN STOCK & FOR SALE)
8th Issue: VIII - Rebecca - Empire 1820's (☺ IN STOCK & FOR SALE)
We acquired all eight (8) plates in this “Portraits of American Brides” series from the estate sale of the original owner, E. O’Donnell, who was an avid collector of anything & everything bridal/weddings (we cordially invite you to inquire about those other romantic collectibles - e.g. Ashton Drake porcelain bride doll; Disney brides & grooms figurals; Dreamsicles bride & groom figurine statue; Lenox bride figurine, etc.).
Age/Period: Vintage 1980s - back side of plate is dated 1986
Provenance: Acquired from the estate of E. O’Donnell
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings/Country of Origin:
*Back Side of Plate references: “Rob Sauber” and “Curator Collection” and “Artaffects Ltd.” and “Made in USA” and “1986" and “Plate Number #1110M.”
*Front Side of Plate: Artist’s name &/or signature, “Rob Sauber”, is cleverly and unobtrusively integrated into the artwork imagery design of each plate.
*Certificate of Authenticity (COA) references: “Rob Sauber” and “Richard J. Habeeb” and “Curator Collection” and “BZ3CA” and “Plate Number #1110M.”
*Advertising Insert references: “Rob Sauber” and “Curator Collection Dealership, a division of Artaffects, Ltd.”
*Original Box is marked: Original shipping label and paper wrapper from “Downs’ Collectors Showcase, 2200 S. 114th St., Milwaukee, WI 53227" are still present, and side of box is imprinted “Elizabeth 0461???" (the final number maybe a 3 or 8).
Material(s)/Format: Porcelain china, with 3mm 24K (carat) gold rim
Size/Measurements: 9 1/4" in diameter
Quantity: One (1)
Original Box/Packaging/Documentation/Inserts/Accessories/Contents: This plate retains its original plastic sleeve + outer “shipping” box (which is the only box these plates came with - they did not come with “inner” boxes or Styrofoam inserts) + supporting documentation consisting of “Certificate of Authenticity” & paper insert.
*Plate: Plate remains in mint, like new condition, having been well-protected within its plastic sheath and box all these years.
*Certificate of Authentically (COA): COA exhibits no folds or tears.
*Paper Promotional Insert: Full page advertising insert retains its original tri-fold creases, and exhibits only minor normal handling.
*Box/Packaging: Box remains completely intact and closes tightly and securely (even the original shipping label from Downs’ Collectors Showcase to the purchaser remains intact). The interior “holding” section which stabilizes the plate in position during storage is also thoroughly intact. The wording “#1110M Elizabeth #3 Brides Rob Sauber” is neatly handwritten on one end of the box in black marker (apparently the previous owner’s means of identifying the contents of each box when stored away). Though a portion of the box does exhibit water marks residue, these water marks are only superficial in nature and do not affect the structural integrity of the box - in essence they are a minor aesthetic vs. functionality condition factor.
Excerpted Online Research Information about 17th Century Brides & Bridal Fashions (
Attributed to http://colonialquills.blogspot.com/2011/05/wedding-in-colonial-america.html): “...in colonial times women wore a variety of different colors on their wedding day. White did not become the color of choice for brides until the Victorian era. Instead, colonial brides wore their very best gown or purchased the finest they could afford for the wedding. Since fine textiles were costly, brides didn’t wear their gown only once. After the wedding, they typically wore it for other important events as well.”
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Title: Bridal Portraits of American Brides Collector Plate Elizabeth Colonial 1790s #’d Limited Edition Rob Sauber Artaffects MIB/COA Vintage 1986 ***USPS PRIORITY MAIL SHIPPING INCLUDED – DOMESTIC ORDERS ONLY!***
Categories: Plates - Cabinet, Collector, State,
lbs: 3.00 1 lbs
Seller ID: Portraits of American Brides Elizabeth Plate
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