Wednesday, January 4, 2017

4 January 2017 More vintage pyrex: Butterfly Gold

It is hard not to be a broken record about the love of vintage pyrex. As I know face each day with the object of doing one new drawing, as well as continuing to work on a larger piece for the week, my mind often turns to vintage and Pyrex.

The project I did years past when I lived in the 1950's left an indelible mark upon me. There isn't a day that I don't access all I learned there in some way. Therefore, when it comes to my drawings/art I cannot help but pull from the endless possibilities of the colour design and style of that era.

Today my daily drawing is inspired by my love of 1950's fashion, but it plays a little trick. The vintage Pyrex pattern it plays with today is called Butterfly Gold and was actually not introduced until 1972. The Harvest Gold colour being one of the new looks for kitchens. Although, I did see harvest golds begin to appear in my later 1959 early 1960's Women and Home magazines.

This is an interesting bit on the Butterfly Gold pattern which I borrowed from The PYREX CORNING MUSEUM OF GLASS. (well worth a digital visit)

"Butterfly Gold was released as a PYREX Compatibles pattern for the Correlle Dinner Ware pattern of the same name.
Butterfly Gold was released twice; once in 1972 and an altered version in 1979.
The two-quart Round Casserole in Butterfly Gold never appeared in any dealer catalogs.
Some pieces in the Butterfly Gold pattern may found with both imperial and metric measurements listed on the backstamp.

Butterfly Gold, designed by Gregory Mirow, was introduced in 1972 as a series of “Pyrex Compatibles.” Many new shapes and sizes with the Butterfly Gold pattern were launched during this time to complement the Corelle Dinnerware pattern released in 1970 of the same name. The Pyrex compatibles for Butterfly Gold can be found in two colors, both the orange tone that matches the Pyrex creation as well as a coordinating brown tone.
Other such table accessories were released to supplement the ovenware such as napkin rings, drinking glasses, teacups, creamers, etc. After 1975 these accessories were grouped into a category called Tabletop Ware. Tableware became one of Corning’s biggest hits and was released in patterns of Winter Frost White, Spring Blossom Green, Snowflake Blue, as well as Butterfly Gold.
The Butterfly Gold pattern was released both in 1972 and again in 1979 with an altered design. The original pattern was one large central flower flanked by a leaf, flower, and butterfly on each side on alternating white and orange bowls. The 1979 pattern portrayed a bouquet of smaller flowers on stems. This second pattern was only released as nesting bowl sets and 470/480 casseroles. While the Butterfly Gold pattern was discontinued in 1981 its Corelle counterpart went on for many years after.
The 024 two quart round casserole was most likely released as a promotional item, as it does not appear in any dealer catalogs.
In the early 1970s capacity listings on each dish were listed in imperial measurements, but by the late 1970s they were listed in metric units. As this was the height of production for Butterfly Gold some of the pieces may include capacity stamps in both imperial and metric measurements."

Here is my piece, then, inspired by this pattern. I had a few requests about purchasing, if you click either image of my work here it will take you to the right page for that. I hope all have a lovely art filled vintage inspired day.


  1. I swear every other mother had Butterfly Gold Correlle dinnerware in the 70's. It was iconic, at least in my mind. :-)

    I still have a Butterfly Gold butter dish that I received at my bridal shower in 1980.

    The Cinderella bowls look very pretty in that pattern.


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