June 12, 2013

Blue & White

As I mentioned last week, someday, I’d like to own a shop. In the meantime, before a bricks and mortar space, I am on-line with an Etsy shop. I am constantly collecting items for the shop, although I am a bit behind in listing items recently. Over the weekend, I attended a local auction that’s held about every two months, and as ever, a few items I bid on were hammered down in my favour.

The best deal of the day was a sweet little settee, with a down/feather filled cushion. setteeIt’s a great size, just big enough for two to fit together cozily. It’s in the kitchen now, because I don’t have a place for anyone to sit in there, but I think it’s too big for the space and will be moving. Why the best deal, you ask? Because it was $20.00. Seriously. And it’s blue and white corded silk.

I got a number of other pieces of blue and white china as well. A number of people requested that I show the pieces which I used to illustrate the marks. Auctions are a great way to buy beautiful and old pieces, either in sets or as single pieces.

The real gem of the group is this large soup tureen by Wedgwood & Co. made in 1883.

It’s got lots of wildlife, especially of the variety that was hunted or hunting, on it. It is so detailed and it’s in practically perfect condition, only with slight discolourations on the non-glazed parts. But I am sure that could be cleaned.

Another great piece is this lidded vegetable dish.

It’s a more tealish-blue, but gorgeous nevertheless. I am not sure of the pattern name, but it was made by Furnivals.

I bought six of these flow-blue plates.

I am not a huge fan of flow blue, but a lot of other people are. And since it was in with one of the lots I bought, I have it.

I love this little single plate, even with its flaws.

When you look closely, you can see where the transfer paper creased in two places. To me, that adds to the charm of the piece. And how can you not love that odd-looking camel?

This is another vegetable or serving dish, although it doesn’t have a lip, so it probably didn’t have a lid.It’s the classical Onion pattern, and I have some similar pieces from Royal Copenhagen. A piece like this will never go out of style, and it’s still in production today by numerous companies.

There were numerous pieces in this pattern, some plates, some bowls and some serving pieces. This pattern is called Verenese.

Again, the detail is just wonderful, with the urn and bird, as well as the scrolls.

Another of the pieces in this pattern is this lidded bowl. I adore the artichoke finial on the lid. There’s even decoration on the inside of this piece.I know it’s a little grubby looking inside, but I haven’t had the chance to wash these out yet.

Another of the larger pieces in this pattern is the octagonal bowl.

I got some great advice for cleaning up the stains on this piece and have tried working on cleaning it up already. Again, the details are wonderful.

I am still trying to decipher the name of the pattern which is included in the mark. I can get as far as I-S-O-L-A…Any suggestions? And is that a lion on the left or a wave with a face?

So that’s the lot! Auctions are like treasure hunts, lots of goodies if you dig around, and if you can stay the course in your bidding.

29 comments:

  1. Great sofa buy! Love the camel also. I'd guess a face on a wave given the other nautical images...ship and trident.

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    1. I am now thinking it's a lion, because it's got paws!

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  2. omg that sofa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it's incredible, $20??????

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    1. Joni - it's a sweet little piece. And very comfortable!

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  3. Crazy bargain! $20? That is why I love an auction...
    I think it is isola bella, I thought it was belle but that wouldn't make grammatical sense. Plus I google the maker who is a staffie potter and it showed up as isola bella.

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    1. Thanks! I think it is Isola Bella. Early Staffordshire, so excellent!

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  4. I, too, am a huge fan of blue and white. I never tire of it. I love all the fun details that you see when you peek closer and closer at each piece.

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    1. There are just so many iterations of blue and white that you could collect any and every pattern and never get bored. And it all goes together!

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  5. Wow good finds!! I am a fan of those covered dishes, especially the little tureen with the artichoke finial.
    I am wondering if the figure in question is a lion because there appears to be a paw in what would be the appropriate space? Although considering the nautical theme going on it might be a wave with a face.

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    1. The little tureen is great. I love that it's decorated inside, too.

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  6. The china is on the Replacements website: Adams Isola-Bella. Are you going to sell all these pieces? Ann

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    1. Ann... look in the Etsy sidebar later this week. Things are busy here and i am going to try and list things by the weekend.

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  7. The settee must be the best deal of the century! It's a divine shape, too. I think that border on the Verenese plate should be a fabric. All lovely!

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    1. The settee is very comfortable, too! It's a sweet piece.

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  8. My, oh my, you hit the jackpot! Blue and white is so classic and has such universal appeal. You can't go wrong, especially only paying $20 for the graceful loveseat. Well done!

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    1. I should have gotten a lottery ticket that day, too!

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  9. You are the clever one. Throwing out a challenge to your readers. Yes I vote for Isola bella and just cause I looked it up on the internet with a search engine I learned there is an island of Sicily by that name!! See-- tureens (for soup) and covered vegetable dishes (for vegetables) up for auction--people sure ate healthier back then soup and veggies now folks run to eat at Fat sugar salt joints.

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  10. OMG!! What fun you had. So much blue and white, my favorite, and that little setee. If you can't find the perfect spot for it, I have it. Seriously, my e-mail is elsjgeo@aol.com. I will be watching Esty for some blue and white pieces. You make my day. Many thanks.

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    1. I do, too! It's an amazing little piece.

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  12. Wow what pieces you scored + the sofa is divine. One day you will have that shop. Your wish is the universe's command. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  13. Holy cow, did you ever snag some bargains!! I want to go antiquing/flea marketing with you!

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    1. It was a good day at the auction rooms. I should have played the numbers, too!

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  14. That settee is wonderful Meg. I was wondering when you would put more goodies on your Etsy shop?

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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    1. I am posting things to Etsy this weekend. PROMISE!

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  15. Beautiful things!

    I would love to know your techniques for removing stains on old china.

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    1. Lucia... check out the post, Out Damn Spot.

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