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Thursday, 24 September 2009

Old china

After my previous rather dull and lacking in pictures post here's the one I promised about old china. Nothing of any value but I hope you like them as much as I do? This little jug and plate are Royal Doulton - not sure where I got them from although I believe they were my aunt's.

These plates - I have about a dozen of them in two sizes - I bought at an auction as part of a lot for £1. When I checked them I find they are Minton and I found a website in USA selling them for $30 each so if you know anybody willing to pay that I might be persuaded to part with them!!

I just liked the design.

This plate belonged to my aunt - pretty design isn't it?

This one I admired at my mother-in-law's and she gave it to me many years ago. I didn't realise till years later that it is Spode! Somewhat worn now as it has been in use on a regular basis for many years but I like it in spite of, or maybe even because of, its slightly tatty look with its gold trim disappering and its shell edges getting worn.

Another of my aunt's plates. No idea where it came from or what its manufacturer but I like it although its surface is getting crazed now.

Nothing special I don't think and chipped but I love it.

Probably from my Great-aunt's home but I'm not sure - I got it from my Mum. It is so delicately shaded with blue on the interior and I just love that understated effect of the exterior being just white but with a raised design.

Another pretty delicate cup and saucer probably from the same great-aunt.

And the same with these little dears. Not sure why some are one size and the others seem to be much smaller although in the same design almost like a doll's tea set.

This one is Havilland made in Limoges although I bought it here in Somerset in an antique shop. It reminds me of our time in France when we lived not far from Limoges and this maker is one of the really good ones - you'd need a mortgage to buy a dinner service from them these days.

My best friend in France had a pretty antique cup and saucer (Limoges porcelain naturally) on a little console table in her hallway so I now have this on my little hall table too and am reminded of her when I see it there.

The cup and saucer I mention in my previous post complete with flowers - silk anemones which I bought for my mother many years ago and which therefore remind me of her. I love stuff which has a story and reminds me of times past and of family and friends no longer here don't you?
Enjoy what's left of your weekend.


  1. Sat and drooled looking at all this stuff! Lovely. Lucky you! x

  2. Thanks so much for this post! I love the white china you got from your mum and the Limoges cup and saucer. Beautiful!

  3. I don't especially like china with motives, prefer more simple things. But it is beautiful qualities you have!

    And when you like those things it's really something of a treasure!

  4. What beautiful old china you have, I love each piece. I think those pieces which come with a story are so much more precious. I have just a one or two pieces which my mother received from my Grandmother. They are old, chipped and worn, but I love the fact they have family history.
    I hope you had a wonderful week.

  5. I love old china. I have a few pieces inherited from my grandmother that I treasure, maybe someday will take photos of them as you did. My favourite of yours is the shell tray: really beautiful.

  6. You have some really lovely china - I do love old china - I have some from my mother-in-law, and some from charity shops.

    You can change the date of the post if you do Edit Post and then there is a date box on the bottom right which will let you change it, and then it should come in the right place.

    Pomona x

  7. I LOVE your pretty pieces of china! How romantic, & delicate they were, not so ugly as the much of the modern, clunky china.
    I have pieces my Grandmother took with her from England to New Zealand. Now they live with me in Australia.. a few, well travelled bits & pieces.

  8. I LOVE the Limoges shell plate, and that beautiful, flowering cup and saucer of Haviland... I love old china and dishes. I like to pick them up for a pittance-- or have them given to me. Such fun to collect.

  9. Ooops, I mean 'Spode' and Limoges, not Haviland! I've gone daft!!!


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