In 1978 I commissioned four plates from Ms. De Larios after seeing the spectacular set she made for a White House luncheon the previous year.
Excerpts from an interview are below. So all this is to say that this plate was created with love and comes to you with provenance!
I'm down-sizing and this need to go to a new home... The design is cobalt blue on a pale grey background, with a crackle glaze. The plate is 9-1/2 diameter. It appears to me as stoneware but I'm not sure. The ones made for the White House were porcelain but this one is not.
It was only used for display. However, you can see hairline cracks on the underside.Only with the help of a magnifying glass could I detect a very faint crack on the front--well-disguised by the pattern and the crackle glaze. From an interview some years ago: I was very honored in 1977 to be one of 14 potters in the United States selected to make Dinnerware for the Carter Presidency. The occasion was called American Crafts in the White House and was commissioned by Rosalynn Carter for the Senate Ladies Luncheon on May 16, 1977. The luncheon focused on American-made crafts. I chose to present a cobalt majolica design using a free-brush technique for the dinnerware. Prior to creating the work for the Luncheon, the craftsmen and women where not told the destination of the work.
Ann Robbins of the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, California selected two west coast potters: Catharine Hiersoux from Berkley, California and myself. It was thrilling to finally receive the address from Ann Robbins of where I was to send the porcelain 12 place dinnerware settings. The address was 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.There are a number of articles on-line about Ms. The White House dishes can be found on the Dora De Larios site. The item "DORA DE LARIOS RARE WHITE HOUSE PLATE, CA. STUDIO ART POTTERY 1978 COMISSION" is in sale since Tuesday, October 15, 2019. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Pottery & China\Art Pottery\Studio/ Handcrafted Pottery". The seller is "schoc856" and is located in Voorhees, New Jersey. This item can be shipped worldwide.