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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A Thing Of Joy~ Ironstone & Transferware Treasures





We have all probably heard the phrase "A thing of beauty is a joy forever." It's the first line from a poem by the English poet, John Keats. But I wonder if you are familiar with the next few lines.

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.

Well, that's exactly how I feel about my beautiful linen and china collections! 




 I am showing you a little hodgepodge of ironstone and brown transfer ware today. Each piece with its own small story. Believe it or not you haven't seen any of them here before! The pitcher and bowl above I have had for a few months, but I have been too busy with summer to do anything with them.  I found the set in a very nice local antiques shop for a very lovely price on sale.  





This stunning tureen I have had only a few days. It was sent to me by one of my oldest dearest friends who knows my taste to a T. We have known each other since our own days of youthful beauty. A now long distant era of babies and times of frugality, longing, and shared dreams. It took my breath away when I took it from the box.  





Such lovely details! The kind of object which grows in beauty with each examination.





I love the touches of pink, and the airiness of the pattern. Perfect for any season.











The raised details on the pitcher and bowl set are seen a little better in this photo. And there is a small vase/toothbrush holder from a different vanity set in the foreground.





This cheery little gem was one of only a couple of items I found at a fleamarket last week for a very small price. It will look adorable with a few mums or daisies in it.






Finally, I came across this sweet ironstone bowl that had been packed up in a box and stowed away at some busy moment of my life, and then unearthed the other day while I was clearing a storage closet.  It still had the two dollar price tag from the thrift store! Now wouldn't that bring a little joy to your day?






There is the thrill of the find, the joy of ownership, and all the pleasure of passing on a lovely treasure in this vintage life of mine. It could just go on forever!






But here we are at the end of our October days again!

 I hope that they are lovely ones for you. 

Jacqueline










17 comments:

Salmagundi said...

Doesn't the beauty of brown transferware just have a way of adding joy to our lives? October has been a good month for that joy! Check out my blog for my latest treasure that I just couldn't leave behind. I love pitcher and bowl sets -- yours is very pretty. The trouble for me these days is finding space to display them. Enjoy the last week of October. Sally

donna baker said...

Jacqueline, why do we love white so? It is just so beautiful. I used to always wear white dresses. And, I saw another perfect piece of lace. It was a table runner with birds on it and cheap.

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

You always wow me with your photos of your collection!! The beauty of it all. But then, I luv dishes. Transferware and ironstone... handmade napkins and runners, bits of lace , old baskets.... they just make my heart flutter!
At an antiquing jaunt last weekend, I came across 33 pieces of blue transferware. A few flaws along the way, but simply beautiful . To me the chips say they were lived and used. I scooped them up so fast!!!
Happy midweek! Gee

Marilyn Miller said...

They are all beautiful, but that tureen would take my breath away also. It is gorgeous. Just thinking I need to stop by your shop on an adventure I am planning next year. Then I can swoon in person.

janice15 said...

Your new pieces as beautiful as all your others I love the tureen...it is very lovely.. And I really like your two dollar little bowl that was tucked away in storage.. Id be happy too if I came across it... You have lovely lovely things... With love Janice

Mystica said...

All beautiful and the verse is so apt.

Curtains in My Tree said...


I like how you can stay true to just the brown and white transferware and the soft ironstone.
I am all over the place collecting dishes.I have tried to just collect blue and white ironstone however it didn't work.
You do have a sweet dear friend to send you such a nice piece

Linda said...

Hi jacqueline...
I love that you love your treasures so much...beautiful!
Cheers!
Linda :o)

Junkchiccottage said...

Swooning Jacqueline. Your new pieces are beautiful.
Kris

Jeanie said...

You know, whenever you show your brown and white transferware I simply swoon. These are so beautiful in every way possible and the photos are terrific.

I couldn't include it in my Monday post visiting Southern Exposure because the lighting was bad and the photo didn't turn out at all but I saw a magnificent transferware pitcher at Southern Exposure that reminded me of you! It's fun how I take my blog friends with me whenever I go someplace beautiful because I see things that remind me of them!

Summer said...

Your pieces are always so charming ♥

BarberryLane Designs said...

Oooh very pretty pieces, love them all. So elegant and yet sturdy to survive all these years, love vintage, Sandi

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Wonderful treasures and such a nice friend! Things of beauty do make your heart sing! xx Karen

Bernideen said...

Lovely - lovely!

Georgina Malcolm said...

Well now we have proof that John Keats knew what he was talking about. What a shame he died young.
I'm going to start a series of posts on my secondary blog about my collection of beautiful jugs. I just love jugs. They nearly always come in such tactile shapes. You may feel like visiting at some stage - but not yet! I haven't begun. Maybe tomorrow.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

So lovely...such a sweet gift from your thoughtful friend! I really love the styling of the pitcher, too...

The Charm of Home said...

These are such lovely pieces! I like the soup tureen a lot! It needs a delicious autumn soup in it with a photo shoot! How beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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