The Merrileaf pattern was one of eight True China patterns produced by Red Wing USA between 1959 and 1966. The True China lines were produced with a fine china clay instead of a heavier, coarser clay in order to satisfy the market for more upscale china patterns. All True China designs were hand-painted, oven-proof, colorfast and detergent safe. The Merrileaf pattern was attributed to Charles Murphy, who was hired by Red Wing as their design director, and was one of their primary art pottery designers. Brochures for the Red Wing Merrileaf pattern stated: "Merrileaf - smoky tones of beige and blue captured in artistic shapes and reliefs - subtle, vibrant beauty in casual china."
The Red Wing Merrileaf pattern which decorates our rare and beautiful vintage three tier tidbit defines classic beauty in a Mid-Century design. Blue and green leaves on tender, graceful limbs - vibrant, yet muted - embellish the gleaming china. Comprised of three individual china pieces connected together by shiny, silver-toned hardware and handle, this Red Wing Merrileaf tidbit is in excellent condition and appears to have never been used. There are no scratches, chips or crazing, and the original Red Wing Art Pottery foil sticker is still affixed to the bottom plate. Measuring 14-1/4" in total overall height, the bottom china piece of the tidbit is dinner plate sized at 10-1/4", the middle china piece of the tidbit is salad plate sized at 7-1/4", and the china piece at the top of the tidbit is 5-1/8" in diameter and 2-1/2" in depth, the size of a fruit / dessert / sauce bowl.
This 1960's Red Wing USA Merrileaf tidbit will provide beautiful functionality and historical interest in a multitude of settings. I have a fondness for tidbits, and appreciate their ability to provide vertical storage. I use vintage tidbits at the table and countertops to hold condiments, cheese, crackers, desserts, silverware, napkins and anything else I can fit onto them. I never seem to have enough room at the dinner table no matter how many leaves I add! I use tidbits on my bathroom vanities to hold jewelry, towels, and soaps, and I even use tidbits in my office to organize all the miscellaneous parts and pieces that occur when one is in the business of rescuing old things.
What will you use this lovely Red Wing USA True China Merrileaf Pattern Three Tier Tidbit for?