Vernon Kilns Rockwell Kent Moby Dick Experimental Test Plate 10 1/2" In Dark Blue CA2338
The plate itself is different from the issued sets, notice the the white border instead of the design going to the edge of the plate. Rare and unusual.
A ground-breaking commission of the work of the great Rockwell Kent by Vernon. A graphic masterpiece of a plate. The service was comprised of scenes and motifs from the classic novel. Kent and Vernon Kilns had a terrific partnership.
Rockwell Kent, artist, author, and political activist, had a long and varied career. During his lifetime, he worked as an architectural draftsman, illustrator, printmaker, painter, lobsterman, ship's carpenter, and dairy farmer. Born in Tarrytown Heights, New York, he lived in Maine, Newfoundland, Alaska, Greenland, and the Adirondacks and explored the waters around Tierra del Fuego in a small boat. Kent's paintings, lithographs, and woodcuts often portrayed the bleak and rugged aspects of nature; a reflection of his life in harsh climates. Kent both wrote and illustrated several books; Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska was published in 1920. Among his other works were Voyaging Southward from the Strait of Magellan (1924); Salamina (1934) about Greenland; and two autobiographies, This is My Own (1940) and It's me O Lord (1955). His collaborations with Vernon Kilns are all eagerly sought after by collectors.