Artistic China Company

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In operation    1878-1903


Fine china and porcelain (Quarter Century’s Progress 1887:269)


“This business was established in 1878 as the Hope China Works, which were succeeded by the present company February 1887…The fine china and porcelain manufactured and decorated by the Artistic China Company are unrivaled for beauty of design, fine coloring, quality, and excellence, and have no superiors in Trenton or elsewhere, while the prices quoted are as low as the lowest… The following goods are always kept in stock: Dinner, breakfast, tea, pie, and soup plates, fruit saucers, ice-cream, individual butters, comports, pickles, tea cups and saucers, coffee cups and saucers, after dinner coffees, teapots, sugar and cream bowls, cake plate, jug 30’s, nappies, bakers, cover dishes, casseroles, soup tureen, sauce tureen, sauce boat, covered butter, etc.”

Quarter Century’s Progress of New Jersey’s Leading Manufacturing Centres. Dover. 1887. International Publishing Company, New York.


Selected References

Quarter Century’s Progress of New Jersey’s Leading Manufacturing Centres. Dover. 1887. International Publishing Company, New York.

Trenton Board of Trade. 1900.  Industrial Trenton and Vicinity. George A. Wolf Publishers, Wilmington, Delaware.

Harney, W.J. 1929. “Trenton’s First Potteries.” Sunday Times Advertiser, July 7, 14, 21 and 28, 1929.

Other Names

Hope China Works; Artistic China Company; Artistic Company

Block and Lot:

Historic Street Address:
52-60 Seward Avenue

City of Trenton