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Iridescent Enameled Tray

Posted Sunday, October 02 by CAG

Lisa from Dallas Texas sent in this photo of an enameled dish. It measures about 4x6 inches and it appears to have an iridescent, shiny paint over metal. In places the paint has bubbled up, creating things that kind of look like eyes. It has no marks on the back. She wants to know if it's worth anything.

I see a ton of these whenever I go to an antique show. They're made by baking enamel on copper and were popular in the mid fifties. They're fun, inexpensive decorative pieces. They'd fit right in with an Eames style decor. Generally, I see unmarked pieces like yours sell in the 10 - 20 dollar range. Artist signed pieces can sell for much more money. It depends on the artist or manufacturer. One name to keep a look out for is "The Art Crafts Shop - Buffalo New York". These are beautiful pieces of art which can bring hundreds of dollars. Here's a link with some more information.

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