I’m not a big fan of white as a color but I’ll make an exception for monax depression glass from MacBeth Evans. I love this glass. It’s thin and opalescent on the edges and the color is soft white that invites you to touch it.
Monax American Sweetheart always reminds me of angels and Christmas. Maybe it’s because the glass looks so pure. It is truly lovely. This big bowl is one of the pieces I just finished rephotographing to get listed on eBay. It made me happy just to hold it.
Here is the monax Petalware lunch plate.
You can imagine how appealing amateur artists found that blank white center. You’ll find Petalware plates with tons of different decorations, from colored bands to fanciful flowers and scenes. MacBeth Evans themselves made at least some of the decorations, the colored bands and the red flowers shown here. This Petalware design is called Florette and makes a stunning table setting by itself or mixed with the plain white.
MacBeth Evans made monax partly to compete with china and over time their glass got thicker and lost its opalescent edge. Their later patterns were creamy colored and had designs on the rims and of course decorations in the centers. Chinex or Cremax are the later patterns. They look more like dishes and not so special as the ethereal monax.