Bauscher Davenport Hotel Spokane Inaugural Platter

Bauscher Davenport Hotel Spokane Inaugural Platter
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Vintage from Paul is pleased to present this Bauscher Davenport Hotel Spokane Inaugural Platter.

The pristine whiote platter was manufactured by Bauscher of Weiden Germany for the Grand opening of the Davenport hotel in Spokane Washington in 1914. Bauscher Brothers China Company is one of the few companies that produced hard paste porcelain almost exclusively for the food service industry. The products were distributored to the United States by Arthur Schiller and Son of Chicago and New York.

The platter is trimmed at the edge with an outer black stripe and an inner gold stripe.  There is also done in gold and black the Davenport Crest done in Gold and Black,  The inner verge is black.

Davenport Hotel opens in Spokane on September 1, 1914.

On September 1, 1914, restaurateur Louis M. Davenport's (1868-1951) Davenport Hotel opens in downtown Spokane.  Designed by Spokane architect Kirtland Kelsey Cutter (1860-1939) and realized through the efforts of local civic leaders, the grandly elegant Davenport Hotel is designed to attract conventions, business travelers, and tourists to the city.

The Davenport's construction process had commenced on October 9, 1912, when existing buildings on the site began to be demolished.  Construction cost between $2.5 and $3 million dollars.  At the time it opened, it was 12 stories tall.  Additional floors were added in 1917 and 1929.

The hotel, designed by Kirtland Kelsey Cutter who was primarily a Spokane architect with a significant practice in Spokane, Seattle, and Southern California, as well as commissions as far away as England. Of Spokane’s many prolific and successful architects, he is  the best known to the general public today. Spokane is where he first made his reputation, his buildings giving clues about the “economy, power structure, social life, and changing fortunes” of the growing city (Matthews, Spokane and the Inland Empire, 143). Cutter’s career spanned 50 years, from 1889 to his death in 1939. His legacy of large-scale houses and public buildings still standing in Spokane, Seattle, Southern California, and elsewhere is varied and impressive.

The Platter measures 13-1/4 inches in length, 9 inches in width.

The platter is marked in red with "New York Chicago, Bauscher Weiden (Germany) Davenport's 1914".  There is also incised an oval with "Bauscher Weiden" as well as "194"

The platter is in amazing condition for being nearly 100 years old!  There is wear to the inner verge (inner black stripe).  There are no chips, cracks yellowing. Very few, if any scuff marks (not utensil marks) in the center of the platter.

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