Locations: Los Angeles
Dates of Operation: 1939 - 1960
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4 Mid Century CALIFORNIA MODERN SANTA ANITA WARE MIST SNACK PLATES Vintage
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8 Mid Century CALIFORNIA MODERN SANTA ANITA WARE COQUETTE DINNER PLATES Vintage
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Collectible Santa Anita Ware Candy Relish Nut Dish Bowl California R 144 USA
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REDUCED!!! VINTAGE SANTA ANITA WARE DIVIDED PLATE 10 1/8" GRAY CALIFORNIA
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1950 Santa Anita Ware NIGHT BLOOMING CEREUS 12" Platter
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Santa Anita Ware - Vreni -brown swirl with pink - rimmed bowls - four (4)
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Large 12" Vintage Santa Anita Ware Calif Divided Leaf Shape Serving Dish Yellow
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Green Glazed Santa Anita Ware
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Santa Anita Ware R-17 Green Leaf Dish 13” Mid Century
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Old Vintage Santa Anita Ware Dinner Plate Provincial Apple Pink Brown Brushed
Current Price: $24.99
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Santa Anita Ware Calif USA R-144 Divided Leaf Serving Dish Vintage Blue
Current Price: $11.99
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Vintage Santa Anita Ware mid-century Leaf Shape Serving Dish R144 Large 12" EUC
Current Price: $10.00
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SEVEN PIECE SETTING VINTAGE 1950'S CALIFORNIA POTTERY SANTA ANITA WARE DISHES
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Santa Anita Ware Pottery Shell Ginger Flowers of Hawaii Round Platter or Charger
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Originally, I had thought that Santa Anita Pottery had been located somewhere near Arcadia, CA because the Santa Anita Racetrack (and the Santa Anita Mall as well) is located in that area. I’m pretty familiar with that neighborhood, which is northeast of downtown LA in the San Gabriel Valley. In fact, I often drive through the area on the way to the thrift. So I had assumed this was near where the pottery had been located.

However, when I picked up Chipman’s book I saw that he placed it in Los Angeles dating back to near 1939. Then later in Lehner’s book on Pottery Marks, I saw that they even had the addresses of the pottery (first on Fletcher Dr., then later moving to San Fernando Rd.) The pottery most likely ceased operations before 1960.

I’ve found a number of different pieces from Santa Anita pottery - most common items seem to be single pieces of dinnerware, lazy susans chip and dip combos and decorative dishes. Some of the notable patterns on dinnerware include the “Flowers of Hawaii” patterns, the spiral swirl patterned Vreni line and the plain California Modern and the square shaped Carmel line. The “Flowers of Hawaii” line was rather popular in the 50s and included nine different types of flowering plants from Hawaii - see the photos for Cup of Gold before. The shape is actually the same as California Modern.

Many of the chip and dips and compartmental dishes have a vibrant “drip” style glaze in green or orange which was really popular with many of the California potteries.

One thing nice about pottery from Santa Anita is that it is nearly always marked, whether ink stamped or in-mold impression. I was trying to figure out why all the items I have are marked “Santa Anita Ware” - it turns out that the company also changed its name when it moved in the 50s. See the backstamps below…

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