Monday, February 21, 2011

Living Room China Cabinet

Lexington China Cabinet
Lexington China Cabinet
Readers familiar with my blog may have seen some of my excessive plate collection displayed in my Welsh Dresser (see links below).  Today I thought I would share my living room china cabinet, which is an entirely different style.  (There is no consistent decorating theme flowing throughout my house...)
Lexington China Cabinet
Lexington China Cabinet Top
In 2010, I was lucky enough to get a magnificent Lexington China Cabinet from a moving sale.  I practically had to pass an interview before the wonderful couple moving sold me this piece, along with a dining room table and six chairs.  (It's a good thing my house has an April Aire humidifier, for example.)  They would not sell the dining room table and chairs without the hutch.  Fortunately, my husband had previously agreed I could purchase a dining room table and chairs.  This china cabinet would be forever out of my budget (with four children and limited income) if I hadn't found it at this sale.  (The total for the hutch, table and chairs was under $1000, hardly inexpensive, but definitely a great deal) 

The two piece china cabinet has beautiful wood, a mirrored back, individually paned beveled glass doors on the front, and a curving arched center, with inset lighting.  The side windows are not beveled glass.  This is undoubtedly the best piece of furniture I own. (Unless the 'antique' furniture I've collected here and there are of an Antique Roadshow caliber, which I daydream about, but realize is highly unlikely)

Does your heart ever beat faster when you get find an incredible find?  I can still look at this furniture months later and smile. Often, at night, it is the only light on in the living room as we watch TV.

I think my Welsh Dresser is great at displaying an assorted collection of plates and objects that don't match, because the Welsh Dresser has no glass doors or lights to compete with the collection.  The living room china cabinet is a different story.
My living room china cabinet is better suited for the Rosenthal china set my parents got when they married, which I was given in 2002. Because the china cabinet doors are beveled, I think it works well if the china pieces displayed inside match.  The beveled windows, the smaller panes, each work to render the display inside in a more impressionistic or surrealistic manner.  Sometimes you can't quickly make out what you are looking at with all the glass, and I think with the matching china you get a pleasant  impression of glowing color and shapes with a pattern to it.

Pink Depression Glassware
Pink Depression Glassware

I have several different sets of stemware on the various levels.  It's hard for me to have a large piece of furniture and not use it for storage, filling it only sparingly.  If I had a larger house, I would probably change the way I have the bottom level and the glassware arranged.

Below I opened the door and took a shot inside to show you the Rosenthal china without looking through the beveled windows.

Rosenthal Pompadour china
Rosenthal Pompadour china
(Click on the images to see them enlarged.)


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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine Hutch

Welsh Dresser hutch with Valentine china cabinet
Valentines Day Hutch
Here is my hutch arranged for Valentines Day.  I have five contemporary novelty plates on the hutch that don't quite fit with the rest, but I am going to pretend that they work.   
Kent Swinnertons Staffordshire china plate by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Swinnertons Staffordshire Plate
I like Swinnertons "Kent" china from Staffordshire England for Valentines day.  I think they really have a valentines feel to them because of the border.
Otagiri porcelain birds
Otagiri Birds
The two cute birds above are manufactured by the Otagiri company.  I got them for $1.50, and I like their cheerful chubbiness.  They keep hanging around from plate change to plate change.

Next year I hope to have more time to arrange my hutch for Valentines Day, and include some Valentines I have.  I look at my photos now and I want to spread out the contemporary plates better.  But for 2011 time has run out.  This year I am just digging through boxes to see what I have.  (I am kind of photo inventorying my collection now that I have a hutch to display them in).

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Flow Blue China Patterns

Flow Blue Lugano China detail by Selep Imaging
Lugano Flow Blue Plate Detail

Some of my favorite china is blue and white.  I love the combination of cobalt blue with the clean white, ivory, or creamy off whites of the base porcelain.  This combination has resonated with more then just me, and starting in the 1800's, blue and white china from many manufacturers in many patterns were popular with china purchasing customers.
Flow Blue China Astoria Johnson Brothers by Selep Imaging
Astoria Flow Blue China

An important historical subset of blue and white china is called flow blue.  There are many sites that can describe the "how and whys" of flow blue china, but I will just describe flow blue in my own words.  Flow blue china has deep cobalt blue color applied over a white china base, and the chemistry over time has blurred the once crisp lines.  Instead of this manufacturing problem disappointing customers, the resulting dreamier blurry lines have inspired fans and collectors, including me.  
Flow Blue China Lugano Mark by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Lugano Flow Blue China

I wish my photos could show you the beauty of the flow blue plates - the beauty that I see when I hold them in my hands.  The colors from a distance command attention, and then the delicate lines, flowers and scroll work hold your attention when you examine the patterns up close.  The soft blurry lines seems to contradict the cool smoothness of the china itself -- china which is smooth and hard to the touch, and yet known to be fragile, 'breakable'.  Times has 'changed' this seemingly permanent china, and yet the touch of time has been kind.  

I can stare at a single plate for minutes at a time - time many of us rarely have the ability to take.  (OMG, strange...)  I'll point out only a few details to notice in the three photo-mosaics I have assembled here.  The Astoria china photo-mosaic shows details from two different plates on the bottom edge.  There is a large difference in the blurring between the two plates, yet I got them together and believe they were likely to have been purchased originally at the same time.  The Lugano flow blue plate has brush stokes visible in the solid blue background, which I find I enjoy.  And the Brunswick china has dots that have blurred to form the solid blue background.
Flow Blue China plate Brunswick Wood and Son England Mark by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Brunswick Flow Blue China plate
Another fun fact about my collection of flow blue is that most of my flow blue  plates are chipped, crazed and/or flawed.  I call them my collection of chipped and broken plates.  I couldn't/can't afford 'perfect pieces'.  Originally I collected chipped and even broken plates (usually glued together by a previous owner).  I have favorite antique dealers, who have kindly 'given' me/sold me the damaged pieces that they get when buying a set for sale.  (Many of the dealers I know don't typically resell damaged pieces of non rare china, and yet I know one or two that have a hard time throwing out the damaged piece.)  Originally I bought broken plates, intended for mosaic projects that would get me "as close to owning flow blue" as I thought I could ever come.  I would also sometimes get chipped plates, but somehow I couldn't use them in my mosaics, and they started showing up on my plate rail or wall, chips included.  (Sometimes with another plate overlapping a chipped area)  [So, if you have a beautiful damaged or broken china plate, you don't want to keep yet don't want to toss, consider contacting me - I will add them to my collection of chipped and broken china orphans that I cherish.  I don't mind a yellow brown rind of old glue running through the center of a beautiful plate.  I can pay shipping and handling ;)  ]

May we all age as gracefully as this china, be lucky to survive intact, and in our old age find a home where we are cherished and loved. 

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