When Franciscan tableware premiered in 1934, it was practically an overnight success. The glamour of the emerging film industry increased interest in all things California. The state’s climate seemed exotic to Midwesterners and those living on the East Coast, so the “Golden State” became a very popular tourist destination. And Franciscan’s bright-colored, less expensive “earthenware” grew in popularity as American consumers began to recover from the Great Depression.
Desert Rose was one of four patterns in the company’s now legendary line of hand-painted, raised-pattern designs, that included Apple , Franciscan Fruit, and Ivy . Ivy was even featured on the sets of the “I Love Lucy” show with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and the very successful “Donna Reed Show,” which ran on broadcast TV from 1958 to 1966.
The Desert Rose pattern has been produced in the U.S., England, and China. Our special in the Franciscan Desert Rose (China) pattern is a 2-piece set that includes a handled cake plate and a batter bowl. Click the link to order your Desert Rose (China) 2-piece set at our secure, easy-to-use web site.