Sunday, June 14, 2009

Old Britain Castles

I love china! Not the country, although I’m sure it’s perfectly nice. I’m talking about beautiful old dinnerware, especially French and English and German dinnerware from the last century.
If you could see all the china in my inventory, your jaw would probably drop to the floor. Most of it is packed and in storage, but a lot of it is on bookshelves that surround the walls in my workroom.
I have French Limoges and English transferware and mid-century German porcelain. But I also have more recent everyday Pfaltzgraff and Johnson Brothers and the coolest retro Metlox; earthenware dishes that your mother probably used.
Now that I’m only offering this inventory online, I’m pulling it out and photographing it and enjoying once again all its loveliness.
Take “Old Britain Castles”, for example.  Johnson Brothers started producing this dinnerware in England back in 1930 and is still producing it today, although current production is in China. Approximately 40 engravings of castles from the British isles adorn this pattern, each shape depicting a different castle. It was offered in blue, red, brown, mulberry, black, and green, all on a soft creamy background. My favorite is the red, referred to as “pink” because the overall effect is more pink than red.
The detail on these pieces is gorgeous. Just look at this dinner plate with its scalloped edges, the pretty castle scene in the center, and the scroll and flower adornments on the rim.
The dinner plates feature Blarney Castle, located in Blarney, near Cork, Ireland. That’s where the famous Blarney Stone can be found. Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone you’ll be gifted with eloquence.
Even though different pieces have varying scenes, the pattern is linked together not only by color and subject matter, but also with the elegant detail around the rim of each piece. The floral scrollwork around each rim unifies the set and keeps your table harmonious.
Even though the pattern isn't meant for Christmastime in particular, it still makes for a beautiful holiday setting, or can work just as well year-round.

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  1. Just something about Limoges...

    And, I love the red "or" pink too. I have some blue, but for some reason, that red catches my eye more than anything. Beautiful!

  2. Hi Pam,

    I am not into china, but I had to go and check that out ahd it is fascinating, I have to say!! Very intersting designs!!

  3. I love the blue and white ones..I started collecting some about 2 years ago for a planned blue and white kitchen in a cottage. These are perfect for that!!

  4. I just love the pink china. I've always wanted to collect. I'm going to head over and check out what you're selling. I have some Johnson Bros. that I need a few pieces to. ~~Annie

  5. Oh, wow! I just visited your store. Don't know why I'd never seen it before. Just love it! I've bookmarked it and will be back! ~~Annie


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