KD at Southern Whimsy is hosting "Themed Thursday." If you have not been to her blog, you are missing out. Please visit KD's blog to see a full list of all participants in "Themed Thursday."
This week's theme is Blue Transferware. Love it!
So...off we go!
I have a fairly large collection of blue and white. Most of my pieces were collected during my many "flea" trips across Britian and the UK. Some pieces were inherited from my husband's late mother, who also loved transferware of all colors. They spent three years in England as a Navy family.
My collection is showcased in my Morning Room. This is one of my favorite rooms in our home. It's where I head to in the morning, coffee in hand, to enjoy some quiet before the baby awakes and the day begins. If I am lucky, I am visited by my family of deers - eating their morning fill.
The room is painted Laura Ashley Cherry. I love the crisp white paneling effect against the red.
(for those who have seen this room already...no, I still don't have my drapes and cornices) :-/
This is the inside of my antique English hutch. Along with the blue and white dishes, I have antique books, more Victorian crystal creamers, and a few miscellaneous crystal or glass items.
This is a close-up of one of the shelves. Here you can see some of the old books I have amassed. Do you know what those two small glass items in the front center are? No? They are Victorian eye cups, used to wash ladies eyes because the coal and other chemicals from their make-up would irritate their eyes. (even then...women paid a price for beauty, huh?)
The center plate is one of my favorites, from Bavaria. I wish the pictures showed just how beautiful this plate really is.
The plate featuring the collection of teapots was one of my first purchases on our first visit to London.
One of my favorite and most visited flea markets was Tongeren, Belgium. We would wake at 4am to make the 1 hour drive and get there with flashlights, because some of the best deals were made while the trucks were being unloaded. I discovered my first piece of "Liberty Blue" transferware, made in England, at this market. I was far away from my homeland...and my heart skipped a beat when I saw this piece.
I asked the dealer if he had more, and he said one more...and brought out this platter...
and...(I think!) "Off to Hunt"
Love these doggies! My kitties think they are quite offensive! :-)
This is the cover to a cheese tray. Yes, I have the bottom ... somewhere ... in my garage.
This is the teacup set I used for my Tablescape "Dinner for One."
I love the chintz rose saucer .... it is simply stamped "Made in England."
I could show you more....but you need to go see all the other Blue Transferware posts for "Themed Thursday."
I hope you enjoyed seeing my Morning Room "close up." Thanks KD for sponsoring this event.
May the Only "Blue" in Your Days Be Dishes...Barb