This is one of the most popular and beautiful patterns ever sold: Franciscan’s DESERT ROSE. However, it wasn’t until I found a set of 8 vintage plates (from the 1950s and early 1960s, marked California) that I had realized how much the more modern pieces had deteriorated in color, detail, and style. These older plates are stunning! Compare them with pieces made since the 1980s in the UK and China–NO comparison!
Franciscan DESERT ROSE
Four Dinner Plates
Four (4) gorgeous vintage dinner plates from Franciscan (Gladding-McBean) in the pattern “Desert Rose,” showing a richly detailed, very colorful embossed flower design in pink with yellow centers, green leaves, and brown trim (10-5/8 inches wide across the scalloped rim).
All four of these vintage dinner plates are in very good condition. There are no chips or cracks or crazing on any of the plates. There is light utensil marks, but no gouges or scratches that mar the design. The beautiful pattern is solid on all four plates.
These plates have the early 1960s Interpace round marks for “Interpace / Franciscan Earthenware / Made in U.S.A. / Oven Safe and Color Fast.” There are also assorted numbers, such as 39-64 (on three of the plates) and 29-68 (on one plate). According to Lehner’s Encyclopedia of US Pottery Marks, this mark was used starting in 1963 (see pp. 169-170; in the early 1970s, Interpace Franciscan began to be manufactured in England).