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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

An Old Transferware Plate, Linens and Lace



I sometimes feel like I am peering straight through a window of time when I find an old transferware treasure like this one. Old birds on a small plate with a crack running through it that so far no one has ever been able to give up on.




Years of appreciation seem to have seeped into its crackled glaze and penetrated the woodland scene embedded on its surface adding to the weight of the ironstone. And now I have eagerly taken on the pleasant task of admiring keeper. 




No signature of the maker on the back, but only the mark of age. It's the sort of thing to find on the stone ledge of the fireplace in an old French farmhouse kitchen. . . .





I found a few other bits of the fanciful past this week and piled them into a vintage suitcase for show.





I can't tell you how many of these vintage beauties have passed through my hands over time, but this one had the right tone for showing off the wares to advantage.





I needed a nice dark background to contrast with the sheer flocked curtain panel I discovered at the thrift store.




It has a nice ivory hue and is full of small nicks in the fabric. Just the sort of thing for nesting old objects in.









A major fascination here is this airy applique table cover of Madeira embroidery. I found two together. The other one is shown better at the bottom of the post. I adore the leafy pattern!









Nothing like a jumble of vintage artifacts thrown together to add to the pleasures of life!






A beautiful ironstone sauce pitcher rests upon a pair of lace-edged pillowcases.





The layered cloths form a dreamy cloud cascading over the lid of the open suitcase.





An old clock from the thirties suspended in time.





Another little vintage baby gown with tatted detail at the neck and cuffs is nestled here.










And a luscious linen pillowcase with a favorite monogram. Only one.











A pile of frothy white is impossible to photograph well, but I had to include the teeny little dolly gowns I found hiding away for me on a shelf together. Light as fairy wings!




















With a few handmade stitches in time. . . .























So nice that you popped by for a look! And thank you so much for all the great comments about our little brown house in the last post. I was so pleased to learn about how many of you have attachments to New Mexico and it's many enchantments.

I hope it's been a good Groundhog Day week for you!

Wishing you happy thoughts of spring!

Jacqueline






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29 comments:

Kamilla said...

Beautiful, I love your posts:)

Primroses Attic said...

The white is perfect against that case. Such pretties.
Rosezeeta.

thel day said...

I love the old plate and clock. Beautiful keepsake treasures. i have a suitcase similar to that one.

Marilyn said...

The plate reminds me of a couple plates I have that I say came from the fairies. They tell a precious story. Love the linens, especially the applique panel. All is lovely.

Pamela Gordon said...

So many pretties. I really like the leafy pattern on the curtains. I have a baby gown very similar to yours. They are so sweet and delicate aren't they.

Merlesworld said...

All lovely stuff.
Merle............

Jeanie said...

All the whites remind me of our snow! How I adore that clock, but transferware gets me right where I live and I do love the pieces you shared!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

You always have the most gorgeous vintage treasures. Adore the transfer ware....linen....old suitcase. Sigh.

Salmagundi said...

I've never seen that pattern of brown transferware before. Unusal in the pattern size! We're headed to Denver for the weekend -- hoping to score some more brown transferware!!!! Sally

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Flocked lace And birdie dishes... it's starting to feel Springy!!! and that is a very good thing!! I. NEED some shopping therapy. Or haha maybe just therapy :-)
Hugs....

suziqu's thread works said...

Oh what beautiful vintage treasures!
That plate is so special!
Just the things I love!

Bernideen said...

Such pretty photos and lovely plate. I enjoyed seeing your home and the style which represents your area. Lovely!

Pura Vida said...

Pretty pretty pretty

Laurie said...

Beautiful little treasures!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

How truly wonderful - these finds are absolutely precious, J!

Love your dreamy wispy whites, so perfect right now, as our entire world is engulfed in a snowy white storm!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Such charmingly romantic displays. I would keep that plate too, even if it was cracked - it is fabulous.

Cheryl Porada said...

I love that wonderful plate...my two favorite things...birdies and brown transferware! Beautiful post today, Jacqueline. Your photography is gorgeous.

Victorian1885 said...

What a lovely old plate... visiting your blog brings a smile to my face. Your vintage linens are glorious!

Cynthia said...

Just beautiful, love the plate and that piece of delicate lace is a stunner

Cindy

Gentle Joy said...

How lovely! You have done such a beautiful job of displaying these treasures. :)

Suz said...

This is a lovely post and when I see you showcase your transferware so beautifully I think of the beautiful plates and platter I left behind at the Vintage Marketplace. Ohh what I could have done with them.

Junkchiccottage said...

Such beautiful vintage treasures. Love the baby gown and that plate is soooooo sweeeeeet! Love that.
Have a great evening.
Kris

Sarah said...

You have such a beautiful way of presenting and sharing your latest finds. Totally delightful, Jacqueline!

Seawashed Living said...

I do not know what to say to express how beautiful these are. Delicate beauty. I do believe these are found by you because you take such good care of them. You value the treasure that they are It amazes me how such delicate baby and doll dresses have lasted this long...you must lose your breath every time you find them. The plate makes me sigh...the birds are of such artwork. Truly lovely finds.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I Love Vintage as well / had to laugh about the groundhog :) We have winter here and always do all winter long / that groundhog knows it is silly to say otherwise :)

chateau chic said...

Such wonderful treasures you always find, Jacqueline. The brown and white ironstone plate is wonderful and looks even more beautiful nestled in the lovely white linens. Fabulous vintage suitcase!
Mary Alice

Debbie said...

Coming here for a visit is like going to a fireworks display....always full of ooohs, and aaahs. Love the way you display your beautiful pieces, Jacqueline.
Debbie
xo

The Charm of Home said...

I love the leaf sewn in that sheer fabric! So beautiful!

Jennifer Wallace said...

All lovely things! That clock is dreamy. :)

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