Gladding McBean - Franciscan El Patio

1934 - 1954


El Patio was the first dinnerware produced by Gladding McBean and the first to carry the name Franciscan. Started in 1934, its simple lines and rich colors made it the anchor of the Franciscan line for over 20 years. It's classic beauty is still in demand today. The durability and quality made into these pieces are why there is still a surprising amount of pieces available for both the collector, and for everyday use.

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El Patio Plates, Bowls and Place Settings



El Patio Serving Pieces and Table Ware



El Patio Pitchers, Coffee and Tea Servers
Cups, Mugs and Tumblers



El Patio Colors



El Patio Advertising and Print Information,
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El Patio Nuevo,
Experts tell us this pattern was only made one year, in 1935. It is two tone, with different gloss colors inside and out. This demitasse cream and sugar are the only pieces we have found. If you have any documentation or other pieces please email us. We would love to know more about this elusive variation.



New Photos and Finds, and a Few Old Favorites



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