Collectible Collector Plates Tell A Story
Collectible limited-edition Decorative Plates have wonderful and meaningful designs. Unfortunately, not everyone takes the time to really appreciate their artistry. You see, in addition to looking attractive, the artists have skillfully painted pictures that also instantly convey a message.
That’s right, Collector Plates Tell A Story:
- Observe the relationship between entities (i.e. distance between them, size difference, and location placement)
- Look at how the different colors are used to create contrasts to draw attention to a focal point
- Notice how the different visual elements (i.e. lines, shapes, and space) interact to stimulate a feeling (i.e. harmony, movement, dominance, emphasis, and rhythm)
- Pay attention to how personalities, moods, and confidence are portrayed using body language and facial expressions (i.e. placement of arms and legs, eye contact, the shape of the mouth, and the angle of the head)
- See how surroundings and props (i.e. clothing, accessories, location, and decorations) are interjected to reveal the identity (i.e. social status, popularity, job, IQ, and ego), the time period, and the season
Marilyn Monroe’s Collector Plates Tell A Story
Our collectible collection of Marilyn Monroe Decorative Plates is a perfect example of how Collector Plates Tell A Story. Specifically, the plate in Fig. A from the image above. The artwork featuring the iconic movie star and Hollywood legend was created by artist Victor Gadino.
The scene is based on Marilyn’s famous “flying skirt” pose. The image was originally captured by photographer Sam Show on Sept. 15, 1954. It takes place on Lexington Avenue (between 52nd Street and 53rd street) in New York City.
Mr. Show took the photo during a movie shoot for the film “The Seven Year Itch”. No one else is in the image so the entire focus is on Marilyn. She is wearing a pretty white dress. The length of the dress is short and her shoulders and back are exposed.
In addition, she is standing over a subway grating with her legs spread slightly apart. When an updraft from a subway passing below causes her skirt to blow upward above her knees, instead of moving off of the grate, Marilyn just exclaims, “Isn’t it delicious?” (which is the reference title for the plate).
The message being communicated by this collectible Decorative Plate is that she is an important figure that wants to be thought of as innocent but also enjoys being seen as a naughty sex symbol.
Hanna-Barbera Collector Plates Tell A Story
Another good example is our Tom and Jerry Decorative Plate (Fig. B above) which is based on the 7x Academy Award-winning 1940s cartoon “Puss Gets The Boot”. In the cartoon, Tom uses everything he can get his hands on (firecrackers, hammers, etc.) to trap Jerry, and Jerry cunningly retaliates.
And although they are continually at odds with each other, they do share brief moments of camaraderie. Such a moment is captured on this plate through the artwork created by the MGM Studios. If Collector Plates Tell A Story, this collectible Decorative Plate is worth a thousand words.
Just look at how the scene simply and boldly focuses entirely on the large cat (Tom) tightly holding the small mouse (Jerry) in his fisted hand. And while looking intently at Jerry, Tom’s lips are puckered, his eyebrows are raised, and his shoulders are shrugged high as if to say, “now what?”.
And even though he is being held captive by Tom, Jerry caulks his head slightly down to the side and stares upward at Tom with an innocent grin as if to say, “You don’t really want to hurt lil ‘ol me”.
Comic Book Collector Plates Tell A Story
Our last example of how Collector Plates Tell A Story is illustrated by our Superman and Lois Lane Decorative Plate (Fig. C above). The beautiful Superman and Lois Lane flying scene artwork was designed by Marc Lumer and painted by David McBride.
It features high a strong broad-chested man with chiseled facial features, wearing a cape and a jumpsuit with the large “S” emblem on the front, and positioned high in the sky with a city positioned below him in the background.
It makes the clear statement that he is a superhero which everyone in the world recognizes as Superman flying over Metropolis City. In addition, he carries a woman in his arms. She doesn’t look frightened at all.
On the contrary, the image shows us she trusts him completely with her life which is conveyed by the way she holds on to him – her arms gracefully wrapped around his neck while she fondly looks into his eyes. Clear statements that she is his love interest, she is infatuated by him, and thus she has to be Lois Lane.
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