But as I was unpacking some English transferware china recently, I was surprised to see a stanza from Tennyson's poem "The Brook" printed on the back:
"I chatter, chatter, as I flow to join the brimming river, for men may come and men may go, but I go on for ever."
Appropriately enough, the dinnerware pattern that it was printed on is Myott's "The Brook". It was manufactured in several different colors, but we have it in red which is gorgeous. The pattern features an English country manse, Tudor style with a thatched roof, in its wonderful bucolic setting. Leaves and vines surround the border, and happen to be exactly the same border as Myott's "The Country Life", another pattern that I also have in red. The two patterns mix and match beautifully!
I finally got both sets of dinnerware out and on the floor this week. Each piece is priced individually, so you don't have to buy the whole set and end up with pieces that you don't need.
We also have pieces of Myott's "The Hunter" and "Royal Mail" coming out on the floor soon. Our inventory in both of these patterns is in blue, and I'll share pictures of them once I dig out the boxes!