Lenox Boehm Bird Plates
Lenox Boehm Bird Plates are collectible ceramic plates made by the Lenox Ceramic Art Company, featuring artwork by Edward Marshall Boehm.
Brief history and description
The Lenox Ceramic Art Company was founded in 1889 in New Jersey, and was well known for producing a variety of different custom-designed dining plates which became incredibly popular during the early 20th century.
The company commissioned artist Edward Marshall Boehm to design a series of different Lenox bird plates which still remain to be some of the most collectible and highly-sought after Lenox dining plates today.
Some of the many different series of Lenox Boehm bird plates include the Wood Thrush (1970), the Goldfinch (1971), the Mountain Bluebird (1972), the Meadowlark (1973), the Rufous Hummingbird (1974), the American Redstarts (1975), the Cardinal (1976), the Robin (1977), the Mockingbirds (1978) and the Eastern Phoebes (1981).
Because a complete series consisted of 12 different plates, and each individual plate took one year to produce, an entire 12-plate series of Lenox Boehm bird plates took 12 years to complete.
Guide for collectors
A complete series of 12 different Lenox Boehm bird plates is considered to be the most rare and valuable.
Restoration of a Lenox Boehm bird plate is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring a Lenox Boehm bird plate may decrease its value.
For more information regarding Lenox Boehm bird plates, visit Boehm Porcelain's official website.
Flomaton Antique Auction in Flomation, Alabama sold a set of 16 Lenox Boehm dinner plates depicting various floral and wildlife scenes (including one Mountain Blue Bird, one Rufous Hummingbird, one Cardinal, one Robin, two Mockingbirds and many more) for $900 in January of 2005.
William Bunch Auctions & Appraisals in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania sold a set of 12 Lenox Boehm limited edition bird plates (each with a different scene) for $400 in September of 2010.
Tom Harris Auctions in Marshalltown, Iowa sold a set of seven Lenox Boehm plates including one first edition Wood Thrush (with a wooden frame) for $180 in February of 2005.
Alderfer Auction Company in Hatfield, Pennsylvania sold a Lenox Boehm Cardinal bird plate for $20 in July of 2005.
Homestead Auctions in North Canton, Ohio sold Lenox Boehm Eastern Phoebe plate for $15 and a Mountain Bluebird plate for $5 in September of 2005.