News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - Console Bowls- From the Depression Era to the 21st Century
The Console Bowl from the cupboard of a 1920’s hostess was a glass bowl with a flared, rolled down rim. These bowls measured about 11 inches in diameter by about 3 inches high. They were an important piece of glassware to the lady who wanted style and versatility. This was an attractive dish she could use in multiple ways.
Consoles, often had candlesticks to match, and when they did, they were called Garniture Sets. Very popular during the Depression Era, consoles made a lovely centerpiece on the dining room table. The vogue of the time was to put a flower frog in the middle of the bowl, add an array of home grown blossoms, and create a stunning floral centerpiece that was flanked by candlesticks on each side. The hostess would have placed this arrangement either on the dining table or on a buffet or sideboard.
The hostess could also choose to turn the bowl upside down and use it as a serving piece as these bowls were also reversible. By just flipping it over, she had an attractive bowl for serving fruits, crackers, cookies, etc. She could even set a small bowl of whipped cream on the center base, then arrange strawberries in the circular section of the bowl around the white froth of whipped cream. This made a lovely, and appetizing dip bowl.
This clever piece of glassware came in different colors with a variety of engraved designs. The lady of the house could use this console bowl for decorating or serving. These bowls are as useful today as they were yesterday.
We have a Console Bowl for sale at http://www.tias.com/stores/scarlettdreams. It is in excellent condition, priced reasonably so that you can add it to your display cupboard or collection. Take this Depression Era treasure to 21st century dining and serve strawberries and whipped cream to your guests at your next party. They will be impressed with the lovely and mouth watering display. Bring on the strawberries and cream!