Paul Alexander Art, Floral catagory
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Value : $25 - $30 This plate is 9" with a harvest gold fading to brown color field, and a tree made with high relief fruits in the middle. The rear side is marked Alexander incised into the glaze, and it also has a paper label marked Made in California by Alexander. It was made circa 1960's. The high-relief items are very desirable on the market, and the 9" size of this plate is unusual as most Alexander plates were made in either 8" or 10" size.
Value : $30 - $35 The tree plate above is courtesy of Andrea in Yorktown Heights, New York. The plate is another version of the first shown on this page; it is 9" with a copper color mottled field and a tree made with high relief fruits in the middle; a twist being the tree on this plate features a high relief border. Alexander was known for making the same basic pattern with subtle variations so that his work did not look as if it all came off an assembly line. The rear side is untitled with an unusual hand-painted gold lettering "Hand Crafted in California by Alexander" mark. Again, the unusual size and variation of the manufacturer mark makes this a very desirable item. Thank you Andrea for the contribution !
Value : $30 - $35 This plate is 8" (the 10" size features the same design & colors) with a speckled green field and a black color vase filled with flowers of different colors. The rear side is titled Anemones by Alexander in gold gilt lettering. The paper or foil label is missing, but it was made circa the 1960's. The Anemone flowers have many colors, and are part of the Buttercup family of flora. In the Greek language the word means "daughter of the wind". This plate is very artistic and the bright colors make it quite attractive.
Value : $75 - $85 This plate is 8" with a very colorful desert scene of tumbleweeds, rolling hills, and a large desert plant in the center. The rear side is marked in painted lettering 27th Annual Conference The Copley Press, Inc. February 1956 Borrego Springs California. It also has a foil label marked Made in California by Alexander. Copley Press is a long-standing newspaper company that was in turmoil around 1956 between the founder's 2 sons' power struggles after their father's death. The company held conferences routinely in Borrego Springs, and they commissioned Alexander to create a local scene for this plate. It was produced in low quantities being for a company conference, and it is a rarity on the market with a very artistic design making it one of the highest valued items.
Value : $30 - $35 This plate is 10" with a gold color field and a stylized tree of leaves & hanging fruit made in high relief. The 8" size has the same tree, but it has a purple color field. The rear side of this plate is untitled and it has a paper label marked Made in California by Alexander. The multi-color fruits in high-relief were a signature element in many of Alexander's plates.
Value : $30 - $35 This plate is 9" with an orange color field and a vase of chrysanthemum or daisy flowers in the center. The rear side has an unusual red & black color not found on any other of his wares, with a mark Alexander incised into the glaze. The 9" size and non-typical colors on this plate make it uncommon on the market, but the lack of any high relief in the design keeps it from being of higher value.
Value : $55 - $60 This plate is the largest size made; 12" with a gold varigated color field and a bouquet of assorted types of flowers in the center. The rear side is untitled, but it has an incised into the glaze mark Alexander along with a foil label marked Made in California by Alexander. This being another design that features many colorful flowers in a vase, but no high-relief elements keeps it from being a higher value; however the very attractive look & large size makes it a better market price.
Value : Unknown; May be one-of-a-kind This plate is 8" with a gold fleck color field and a bunch of green color grapes in high relief in the center. The rear side is titled To Mother from Jean 1960 in hand-painted gold color lettering, and it has a foil label marked Made in California by Alexander. The plate is most likely unique; not as far as the design- but rather the title and it's implication. The plate was obtained from the original owner, who's name was Jean. Jean lived in Beverly Hills, CA in 1960, and she had this plate titled by Alexander to present to her Mother. It was not Alexander's normal procedure to personalize just one item, so this was a special order and perhaps the only such order he ever did. As result, the market value has not been included.
Value : $35 - $40 This plate is 10" with a purple color field and a twin or double set of grapes in high relief, within gold color leaves & below a gold stem. The rear side is untitled with an incised Alexander mark into the gold color glaze. The large size and quantity of high-relief on the plate, as well as the deep purple color makes it a prized item.
Value : $25 - $30 This plate is 8" square with a purple color field and a single bunch of grapes & gold color leaf and stem in the center. The rear side is titled Grapes by Alexander in gold color hand painted lettering. The plate is the square version of the 10" plate shown above. Again, the high relief grapes, the unusual shape, and attractive purple color gives it a good market value.
Value : $35 - $40 This plate is 8" square with an aqua blue color field and a cornucopia bowl of fruits including a pineapple, pear, orange, grapes, nectarines, cherries, and blueberries. The rear side is untitled with an incised mark Alexander into the glaze & a foil label marked Made in California by Alexander. The design shown in this and the next two items is typical of the mid-century look so popular across America. The square plate is hard to find than the round plates in this pattern.
Value : $60 - $70 This plate is the largest size made at 12" with an aqua green field and a cornucopia bowl of fruit. The rear side is titled Fruits by Alexander in gold gilt hand-painted lettering, along with a foil label marked Made in California by Alexander. The same basic design is executed on this plate as the prior plate shown, with slight changes such as the placement of the fig leaf, and a larger quantity of berries per stem on some. The large size and very colorful arrangement makes this plate a higher price on the market.
Value : $45 - $55 This rare ashtray is 12" with an aqua green field and a cornucopia bowl of fruit in the center. The rear side is untitled with an incised mark Alexander into the glaze. This is another example of Alexander prefering to make each of his wares slightly different than each other- even within the same design. Note the quantity of berries on the left stem is higher than the previous two items. Ashtrays are very difficult to locate on the market, as many were used and/or damaged. Alexander also produced less quantity of ash trays than plates.
Value : $55 - $75 This serving tray is the largest item Alexander created at 24 3/4" wide by 12 1/2" tall. The tray is not his typical copper base, but rather is sheet metal with pattern-stamped & rolled edges, painted a matt black color on all sides. The design is simple leaf and flower on stems onto the field, with the rear side being untitled. The front lower corner is marked by hand painting Alexander, and the rear side has a paper label marked Hand Painted in California. This tray is one of the plainer creations of the trays he made, but it is still hard to find on the market and attractive because of the size & being a tray. It is believed that Alexander may have purchased blank trays from a manufacturer, and then applied his art to them. They are circa late 1950's.
Value : $15 - $18 This plate is 7" with a gloss black color field and simple leaves & small berries in the center. The rear side is unglazed and unmarked. This plate is an unusual composition than Alexander's typical work. The copper is much heavier, a thicker gauge metal with a rolled edge. It is believed that it originally had a paper label.
Value : $18 - $22 This plate is 7" with a white fading to bronze color field and the same leaf on the stem & berry design as the prior plate. The rear side is untitled and unmarked, but the front is marked Alexander in hand-painting below the design. This plate is also the heavier copper body as the prior plate, with a slight variation in the design colors; making it a little higher value than the prior plate.
Note on Price Guide: Values shown are for items that are in Mint to Near Mint Condition. Any damage such as cracking or crazing of the enamel surface (which is usually caused by an impact), or any other damage to the item results in a lower value.
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