This divided platter was produced from 1952 to 1960 by Pfaltzgraff, a company that traces its roots back to 1835. The pattern is called "Country-Time" and was not overwhelmingly popular in its day, which resulted in pieces being fairly scarce today. That it was not more popular is surprising, since the line was designed by freelance designer Ben Seibel, best known for his American ceramic tableware designs from the 1940's to the 1980's. He created designs for several other major potteries, such as Roseville, as well as items like lamps and bookends. His work was influenced by his study and travel in Japan; his designs are very popular with collectors of Mid-century Modern. The mark on the back in underglaze blue is:
OVENPROOF COUNTRY-TIME PFALTZGRAFF a Ben Seibel (in script) Design U.S.A.
The pottery is a pale grey-beige with fine brown speckles and has Seibel's drawings in underglaze blue, in this case a half pear, some leaves on a stem and some cherries. Very serene and Zen! The divided platter measures about 11 inches in diameter, stands 1 1/2 inches tall and weighs a hefty 2 1/2 pounds. It is as close to mint as anything we've ever offered for sale--No cracks, chips, scratches, crazing, just a bit of friction wear on the narrow unglazed portions of the base. We really think this has never been used.