It’s Saturday again (already) and it’s time for our weekly glass pick. Today’s piece is one that combines some of my favorite things: Center handled server, green elegant depression glass with Art Deco designs. The Art Deco influence was strong on glassware made for the mid-market during the 1930s. You’ll see shapes and decorations that embrace the geometric combinations and colors from the era.
This center handled server has painted motifs in gold and russet red accented with gold colored little winged curlicues. Some of the curlicues have worn a bit but the rest of the design is clear and eye-catching.
I was able to identify this as Paden City by the handle. There were many decorating firms in business during the early 1930s that could have bought the plain green server and done the hand painted design. That was common then – much of the glass you find was decorated by someone other than the company that made the base piece. Lotus was one of the best known decorating firms; Silver City was another.
We will probably never know who made this appealing Art Deco styled design. Regardless of who did it, we can thank them for transforming a nice piece of glass into this stunning example of the era.