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 “Laura - World War II (WWII) Bride” Rob Sauber Artaffects Curator Collection numbered limited edition porcelain & 24K gold collector plate BZ6CA, the sixth issue/offering in this hard to find, discontinued 1986-1987 eight (8)-plates series.
Original box and Certificate of Authenticity (COA) 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: #2695A
*Numbered, Limited Edition: #2695A
*Certificate of Authenticity: #2695A
Highly cross-collectible, this lovely weddings-themed plate will appeal as much to decorative plate 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 lovely auburn-haired World War II (WWII)-era American bride on her wedding day. She is exquisitely and authentically attired in the period costume fashion style of her time, which is quite special given how so many brides of that era often had to forego opulent weddings and/or the wearing of traditional wedding dresses due to wartime limitations and rationing. Those lucky few brides who were able to wear traditional wedding gowns to celebrate their nuptials often borrowed them.
That being said, this fortunate young wartime bride is bedecked in a traditional wedding ensemble comprised of a beautiful albeit simple all white sweetheart neckline wedding gown with long tight sleeves and a gorgeous full flowing veil. Around her neck she is wearing an elegant double strand of pearls necklace.
She and her handsome smiling groom in his dapper military uniform are both kneeling on pillows at the church altar. Their hands are clasped as he joyously slides her wedding ring onto her dainty little finger.
They are flanked by a small bridal party in attendance - two bridesmaids, two groomsmen and a little boy ring bearer.
The two young ladies are wearing different-colored but identical style elaborately draping very formal gowns with matching hats. The outfit of the young woman who appears to be the maid or matron of honor is a stunning lavender purple and she is holding a single long-stemmed rose. The other attendant is attired in a breathtaking turquoise ensemble and she is holding a small bouquet of flowers.
Of the two gentlemen attendants, the one who appears to be the best man is also attired in military dress like the groom, and the other groomsman is elegantly decked out in a long black tuxedo jacket, dark blue-gray trousers & matching bow tie.
The adorable ring bearer is beaming with pride as he stands beside the groom while holding the pillow for the rings. He is also wearing a darling little formal suit.
A cheerful array of peach, orange, white, yellow & pastel pink flowers decoratively adorn the altar where the newly married couple is kneeling.
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: “Laura by Rob Sauber. Sixth (6th issue) in the ‘Portraits of American Brides’. A collection of eight porcelain plates featuring classic brides in period fashion. Curator Collection. Plate Number #2695A. 1986 Artaffects Ltd. Made in U.S.A.”
***Certificate of Authenticity (COA) reads: “Certificate of Authenticity. Curator Collection. Laura by Rob Sauber. This is to certify that ‘Laura’ by the gifted painter Rob Sauber is the sixth 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. ‘Laura’ is strictly limited to a 10 day period of firing. Your plate is number #2695A. Richard J. Habeeb, President. Rob Sauber, Artist. BZ6CA.”
***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. With an original issue price of $29.50 per plate, 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 #2695A.”
*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 “BZ6CA” and “Plate Number #2695A.”
*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 “Laura 04616".
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: Yes! 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) + “Certificate of Authenticity”.
*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.
*Box/Packaging: Box is also in exceptional condition, remaining completely intact and closing 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 “#2695A Laura #6 - Rob Sauber = Brides” 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).
Excerpted Online Research Information about 17th Century Brides & Bridal Fashions (Attributed to http://www.monroehistorical.org/articles/files/060108_weddingdress.html): “...As World War II broke out, brides found themselves marrying quickly before their husbands went overseas. Opulent weddings became less of a priority for many brides. While some women were able to wear the typical white dress, more ladies opted for a skirted suit. Rationing had limited cloth and borrowing a dress or suit was commonplace. Immediately following WW II, some brides made their wedding dress from parachutes their future husband’s used during the War. ..”
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Title: Bridal Portraits of American Brides Collector Plate Laura World War II 1940s #'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 Laura Plate