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Monday, January 26, 2015

French Blue


I have had these pieces of Spode Wild Flower tucked away in a cupboard for nearly a year now. I had never seen the pattern before I saw them taped together on a shelf in a flea market that long ago, but even then I knew they were something special.




So I have only a few pieces of this sturdy blue chintz ware which reminds me of calico. I found that this pattern is quite old. Last produced in 1890, and quite collectible. I could make quite a bit more than the twenty five dollars I paid for all of them together. But they have stolen my heart.




Blue is only a sometime accent color for me, and I enjoy a pale blue best. But I thought they would be lovely for tea mixed with a crisp white against this gorgeous riot of mixed colors.














I am lucky to have four dinner plates in the mix along with several smaller plates. But no teacups. No matter! I think I love a mix better anyway.









I am using a lacy napkin along with a fine white on white tea cloth handed down to me from my ninety-four year old Mother-in-Law, Jane.




I think I have shown this sugar and creamer with the pale blue cornflowers here before, but I'm not sure I showed them together because I found them separately in the same market, but on two different occasions!





A sweet embroidered French linen towel joins the pale blue theme.
















All ready for tea time!




I also found that a pair of antique French latte bowls blend well with these dishes too. Lovely for a breakfast drink, or a hearty winter soup.




So cheery!












I day or two ago I found this chippy farmhouse basin  with touches of pale blue. I love the farmhouse vibe. . . .













































I'm seeing lots of spring color popping up in photos all over. But I'm just going to get into my winter blues for a little while longer. (As if I have a choice!!!)

So nice that you stopped by to join me.
I love hearing what you think!

Hope it's a great last week of January for you!

Jacqueline





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36 comments:

Prairie Patch Quilts said...

I like the different shades of white with a soft touch of the blue; they all work well together. Such pretty dishes and such a find!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

The soft whites are so pretty with the blue and your linens are lovely as usual. I love the framed print over your pretty display of the pitcher and basin. Such a charming post. Thanks for sharing with us.

Primroses Attic said...

Very pretty the blue and white together.Love all your china.
Rosezeeta.

Debra@Common Ground said...

I've not seen it either, just beautiful!

Ruth W said...

I love Spode Wildflower...a favorite...it's blue! It is such a lovely complement to your white ironstone and linens. Lovely photos!
Ruth

Ruffles and Roses said...

Ah I love winter blues......and the 2handle cup can be used in may ways...enjoy the season and dont rush it
you scored on the blue dishes......they are heavenly

waiting for a storm to go over us on cape cod
stay safe everyone....Lorraine

Margie (aka Marglom) said...

The beautiful Spode dishes are a great find; the blue colour is so pretty!

The Charm of Home said...

Just beautiful Jacqueline! Blue is perfect for a winter tea.
Sherry

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

A very charming setting - I love those plates with the blue design - they set off the white so well.

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hi J,
A bright pop of color is sooo nice to perk up Winter!! What a lovely and unusual pattern. Jane's gift of white on White embroidery is dreamy too... Delicious tea setting :-)
Hugs...

Pamela Gordon said...

I like the soft blues in the Spode Wild Flower china you found. Such a pretty shade with the pinks and yellows. I like your wheat pattern teapot too. I'm already tiring of my winter decor and am planning on some changes this week. Have a good week!

Mom Wald said...

I have just fallen in love with Spode Wildflower, and it all due to YOU!

Bernideen said...

Wow - can you actually read that above?

I love your lovely blue chintz Spode dishes. Those are amazing. This is a very pretty posting!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Thank you Bernideen! You are referring to a spam advertisement in an Asian language (I googled it) which I have just deleted.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

What a treasure to find, J - yes, they'd sell well should you decide to let those pretty pieces go.

I love your chippy rusty basin, that's awesome. I like the country vibe too, subtle touches - can't take TOO much shabby lol.

My post before last was for Sandi's party - I put together some pink rose patterns for her. : - )

Snap said...

Oh, my! I think I'm in love with your Spode Wildflower. I can see why it is collectible. It is yummy! Lovely with all your white pieces. I could drink tea out of the soup bowl....!!!!!! Happy Tea Day!

BARBARA LANDERS said...

The Spode Wildflower takes my breath away!!! IF you ever want to sell them, PLEASE REMEMBER ME!!!! I would even settle for just one of each!!!! Enjoy your posts so much!

cippy said...

Such a lovely post today Jacqueline! What a gorgeous find...how did you ever keep them on the shelf for a year?

lynn said...

beautiful with the white on white, jacqueline:) have a great week!

Sylvia said...

I love all your teacups and teapots, it fun to mix them up at times.

Jeanie said...

I don't often see color here so I'm especially enchanted with your blue dishes -- they work so well with the white, delicate and feminine yet that splash of an accent. I adore that pattern-- what a wonderful find!

Sarah said...

Tea time loveliness. You found a real treasure with this set, Jacqueline. You certainly keep these and enjoy them. They add the perfect touch of French blue. I think this pattern is enchanting. I've never seen it before.

Lady Pamela said...

Hi,
I was wondering if you could tell me a little about your framed print in this post. It would look great on my wall, too.
Thanks
*Smiles*

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Jacqueline, you have such a good eye. That is a beautiful set of Spode. I have never seen that pattern before. Tea time looks very special at your cottage...Happy Tuesday..Judy

Jen said...

Oh, I love them--what a find! Everything looks both charming and fresh.

Martha's Favorites said...

I love that wonderful pattern on the blue dishes you found. Everything looks to great together. What a great find. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Rose L said...

Love those plates! Never seen any like those before.

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Lovin' the farmhouse 'vibe'. Beautiful.
xo,
Lin

Curtains in My Tree said...

OHHHH since I am a blue and white type of gal I love those blue dishes.
I would have bought them also for that good price,
I like the white cups on the little blue saucers.
Show us more of your blues
You have the prettiest pictures

Ivy and Elephants said...

Those gorgeous Spode dishes are amazing! Love the way you put them together with the white. The farmhouse
vignette you put together is my favorite!
Hugs,
Patti

tablescapesbybev.com said...

You are so right about those pieces being special...love it all! Your whites are gorgeous also.

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

The Spode pieces are lovely- what a nice find! They look perfect with the white- lets them show off even more!

Pat Cantwell said...

Jacqueline,
Your Spode find is a perfect blending with your white ironstone pieces, dear friend!!!
As always, exquisite linens!!! The monogram towel has me swooning!!!
I'm not ready for Spring, as we have yet to have Winter here on the Prairie!!! Rain is forecast. . .come on SNOW!!!
Have a marvelous weekend ahead!
Fondly,
Pat

Marilyn said...

I came by the other day for a visit, then had to run before leaving a comment. Love the touches of blue with your white. The creamer and sugar bowl are just sweet too.

angie said...

I love that wonderful pattern on the blue dishes you found!!!!!
happy weekend, angie from germany

Karen said...

Oh, my! I love those Spode dishes! I am in love! They are just perfect with the linens you chose and the accompanying white china. Lovely post.

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