Osborne Ivorex The Old Folks at Home Plaque 1932

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Osborne Ivorex The Old Folks at Home Plaque 1932


Signed vintage Osborne Ivorex wall plaque from 1932 entitled The Old Folks at Home. It depicts a cosy domestic scene with an older couple sitting enjoying a cup of tea by the heat of the range. He is portly and enjoying his pipe and slippers, she has a cup of tea in her hands and the family dog lies sleeping on the floor.

Lots of nice detail - like the mans boots beside the range, the Home Sweet Home plaque above the hearth, the open cupboard that would have held the best china, the large kettle on top of the range. The more you explore the scene the more details you will see. Very realistic and typical of the kitchen come living rooms in old cottages where the range or open fire was used for cooking and heat and was the focal place in the home.

In very good condition with no cracks or chips.

It has Arthur Osbornes tradional signature © A O on the bottom right hand of the plaque corner - just to the left of the dogs dish as you look at the picture. Below that and on the bottom edge rim of the is impressed Copyright A Osborne 1932. On the other side rim is Made in England.

These highly collectable plaques were produced by the B Osborne Company between 1899 and 1965. The company had been founded by Arthur Osborne who was the original creator and sculptor of this art that he named Ivorex.

The process of making Ivorex is interesting. From a detailed clay master plaque Arthur Osborne created a gelatine mould thst was filled with plaster of Paris (from Newark-on-Trent). After the plaque had hardened it was removed from the mould and air dried before being hand painted.

Once all the finishing work was done and the paint dried the plaque was dipped in hot paraffin wax to give the Ivory like finish. Finally it was buffed to a shine.

If you want to clean your plaque or re-energize the lustre a soft cloth with some hard wax (not silicone based!)and a gentle touch are all that is needed.

Size is 5in (12.7cm) x 3.75in (9.5cm)and 1/2in (1cm) deep.

I do combine shipping but it is difficult to calculate combined shipping for vintage items given the wide range of sizes/weights. I refund any overpayment of £2 or more via Paypal.


Vintage Origin Details

Osborne Ivorex








Very Good

Item Condition


United Kingdom

Country of Origin



Primary Material


Materials Used

plaster of paris, paint, paraffin wax

Product Attributes

Color: Orange

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First Item: $10.00
Additional Items: $3.50

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First Item: $20.00
Additional Items: $8.00



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Most of my work is custom so just contact me if you would like a custom order. I don't usually charge any extra for custom orders - unless I need to buy in a particular supply. If that happens I will need a deposit. If the materials are already in my stash there is no deposit. When the item is finished I will send you photo's for approval before listing it for you.


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