Cheese Tray Trout Motif Monroe Salt Works
Monroe Salt Works was a pottery located in rural Monroe, Maine that started in 1972 creating salt glazed pottery that was handmade, so no two are exactly the same. Their pieces are lead-free and safe for the dishwasher, freezer, oven and microwave. Due to the firing process used, they are also extremely chip resistant. The pottery property and contents were sold at auction in May, 2009.
This long cheese tray features a beautiful rainbow trout in the midst of underwater grasses. The background color is a speckled beige, the edges a cobalt blue and the underside has an orangey glaze that's wiped over the bottom rather than fully covering it. The tray is 16 inches long, 10 1/2 inches front to back and 3/4 of an inch high at the slightly upturned ends. It weighs a hefty 5 pounds 5 ounces and is in very good condition, with minor wear to the trout, multiple tiny glaze pops and some fine crazing. Ther are no chips, cracks or other damage.
Monroe Salt Works's wares are very collectible; this early trout pattern is particularly scarce (there is a later trout pattern). Serving trays are more difficult to find than items such as dinner plates or coffee mugs, which were bought in sets. This tray would be great for cheese or charcuterie and perfect for adding to your collection, decorating your cabin or pleasing someone who loves fish and/or fishing!