Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Hutch Display

Welsh Dresser Halloween China cabinet hutch display
Halloween china vignette

I love my hutch.  I love my hutch because I can easily display different plates throughout the seasons.  Ta da!  This is the first time I have seasonally arranged it.  This is my October/Halloween hutch arrangement.  

Welsh Dresser Halloween China cabinet hutch display
Halloween china vignette

Basically, the only thing that makes it "Halloween" are 3 plates with pumpkins on them that I got for about $1.50 total at a rummage sale.  The plates are either (a) fun, or (b) scary.  I have four children I figured would probably like the pumpkin plates (more then I do).  I am hoping that they may someday come to appreciate the other china pieces too, if I mix in fun plates and ask them to pick a favorite. 

To add to the Halloween look
I brought out various black and white plates I had as well.  (My collection lacks orange plates.)  The overall effect falls far short of the look I hoped to achieve, but I figure my arranging skills can only improve over time. (No place to go but up?)  Note: I know I did have the mini pumpkins in different spots, and I know the children moved them around.

Antique china Brown transfer ware
Brown transfer ware

I found both the antique brown and cream dishes (brown transfer ware) and the harvest fruit plates at different rummage sales within the last two months.  The brown transfer ware china has really grown on me.  The line art is so beautiful. 

Pomona Portmeirion china plates and beer stein
Pomona Portmeirion plates and beer stein

The fruit plates are labeled on the back 'Pomona Portmeirion', made in England, and have a designed by date of 1982. The various steins and pewter pieces have been accumulated over the years by my husband, some of them from his grandparents.

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The Blog 'Nancy's Daily Dish' has a good informative post on Transfer Ware, and a great post on How Transfer Ware is made.  I consider these to be two great resources on transfer ware. 
  
I am linking up to these memes:
Shabby Chic for Transformation Thur (I was entry 50 of 288). 
Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingies Thurs (I was entry 6 of 43).
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Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday, (I was entry 80).
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House of Grace for Twice Owned Tues (I was entry 53). 
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Furniture Treasure, 2010, Welsh Potboard Dresser

Jacobean Welsh Dresser Potboard dresser China cabinet hutch
Welsh Potboard Dresser

Here is one of my best finds for 2010.  I think of it as my Tudor monstrosity.  Knowledgeable individuals might say OMG, there is nothing Tudor about that piece!  [Do knowledgeable people say OMG?]  But to me, well, it isn't colonial, country, primitive, French, Russian, Rocco, Baroque, or any of numerous other styles.  (It isn't modern...) 

I don't know what it is, but I was happy to find it at an estate sale in July.  In the poor lighting at the estate sale, this hulking hutch(?), shelving unit(?) looked much darker then it really is, and it sat forlornly until the 4th day (last day) of the sale, it's 1/2 off tag tempting only me as it stood with other more impressive furniture.  (Another piece of which I bought, but that is different story...)

I saw it and wanted to take this orphan home.  It is 68 inches wide.  (Did you ever notice that most furniture today stops at about 60 inches wide max?)  Numerous calls home rousted my teenager from his XBOX - the annoyed child found a tape measure and measured the only place in the house where I could place it.  (Several measuring attempts were made.  I knew some of the measurements he was giving me were wrong.  Always get a child to give you inches on the tape measure.  Reading feet and inches is too confusing for a teen whose game time is being interrupted.)  The destination location was 82 inches wide.  

Sounding like his father, he asked what are you going to do with the furniture that is already occupying the spot?  Go back and blast pixels on the TV screen I wanted to tell him.  Leave adult issues to mom.

Transporting the item home, what the spouse said, cleaning it up, moving the furniture around in the house, all those adventures remain mine for now.  But I wanted to share with my on-line crowd.  I love this furniture.  I makes me smile.  Perhaps the biggest reason for my love of the piece is that I can display an ever changing array of collected china from numerous sales. I wanted to share this today before I arrange a fall display on it, or the Christmas display, or the spring one.... 

Jacobean Welsh Dresser Potboard dresser China cabinet hutch
Welsh Potboard Dresser

For my treasure hunting blog world friends: the price was around $250, with maybe $40 worth of delivery charges spontaneously arranged on the spot with a stranger who had a pickup truck. Perhaps the piece is a Victorian version of colonial?  It can't be too old, it has antique looking tiny casters on the bottoms that were glued shut with cob webs and floor yuck.  If any of the blog world people want to give an opinion on what they think the style, value, etc. are, please comment away.  I don't think the Antique Roadshow people would be impressed, (my spouse wasn't), but I do value your opinion. Weigh in please!

[2011 Update: I now consider this to be a Welsh dresser with a potboard, possibly Jacobean.  Welsh dressers are open on top (no glass doors).  The top 'rack' (shelving unit) also has 3 working drawers (tooled to look like 6).  I haven't seen another example like this when searching via google images.  The potboard dresser is the base consisting of the open bottom with a shelf near the ground.  There are 7 working drawers on the base.]

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Jessica for Favorite Things Friday (I was entry 116 of 168.)
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Debbie for Garage Salen Party (I was entry 7 of 22.)
French Country for Feathered Nest Fri #5  (I was entry 33 of 44).
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thur  (I was entry 21 of 21).
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays (I was entry 16 of 91.)
House of Grace for Best of Twice Owned Tue (I was entry 31 of 51.) 
Primative and Proper for Piece of work Wed 18 (Entry 37 of 42.)