German-born Annemarie Davidson (1920-2012) was an American copper enamel artist. She first took lessons in enameling in 1957 when she was busy raising her four children in Sierra Madre, California. By 2003, at the age of 83, she was still making her 6 inch plates one at a time in her studio and they were selling for $80.00 apiece, with her vintage ones selling for $280.00, according to a New York Times article that year. Also in 2003, an article entitled "Alluring Enamel" in Modernism Magazine stated that Mrs. Davidson "is responsible for some of the finest enamels in the second half of the 20th Century." Her works are in several major museums and have been featured in numerous exhibitions and catalogs, such as the directory "Craftsmen of the Southwest," published in 1965, which listed only eight enamelists, indicating the stature she had achieved. The last photo is one of Mrs. Davidson in her studio.
This dish features a scene of palm trees and sea birds set against a beautiful sunset-gold background. The back of the dish is covered in her metallic sienna and black spattered glaze. Mrs. Davidson's SoCal modernist aesthetic translated well to Hawaii, as the foil label on the front of the dish reads "ALOHA The Store Hawaiian Regent Hotel Waikiki." The first tower of the Hawaiian Regent Hotel was built in 1971 and we're assuming that Davidson produced the dish sometime in the 1970s. We left the label on for authenticity--its removal is your choice. The reverse of the dish is marked with her iconic monogram, the conjoined initials AD and her original foil label that reads "ANNEMARIE DAVIDSON handcrafted enamels SIERRA MADRE, CALIFORNIA." There are three original round felt pads on the bottom.
The dish measures 7 1/2 inches across, which is a bit larger than usual, stands 1/2 inch high and weighs just under one pound. It's in very good condition; there are a few minute scratches to the surface upper left of the palm trees that we were unable to capture in our photos and a small nick in the enamel lower left, easily seen in photograph # 2, especially if you use the zoom feature. Otherwise, it's simply beautiful.
Every one of Annemarie Davidson's enameled copper artworks are one of a kind. She was an extraordinarily talented artist and her pieces are treasured.
Please note that all white spots are the result of reflected light and are not present on the dish.