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Sunday, December 20, 2009

A stack of pretty plates

My Find of the Month! "My limoges! my limoges!" From Out of Africa, my favorite movie... when Denys Finch Hatton loads his ivory (technically Barkley's ivory) onto the train carrying Karen, soon to be Baroness von Blixen, she shrieks as his men begin loading the ivory onto the train atop the very wooden crates that carry her precious limoges china. That's what went through my mind when I came across these darling plates at my favorite thrift store. Stacked atop one another and secured with blue duck tape, I recognized them right away. They are, each one perfectly charming in their delicate pink flower pattern with blue curlicues trailing from sprays of flowers, Haviland limoges, the Princess pattern, made in France in the early 20th century. I am giddy with the thrill of this find... in total, there are six luncheon plates, seven dinner plates, and one bread plate... all for $3.00. Yes, you read it, three bucks total! Oh, how I love thrift stores!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

A mystery in pastel glass

I bought these two pretty salt and pepper shakers at an auction recently because I loved their colors and the sweet litte bow design around their middles. The green one's cap is corroded to a handsome verdigris nearly the same shade as the glass. Unfortunately, I can't tell you much more about them, not for lack of trying though. I've searched everywhere I know but they don't show up in any of my books as classic jadeite or hazel atlas platonite or other common milk-glass makers. One friend suggested they are probably pressed glass and not mold blown because they have no pontils on the bottom and the insides are very flat. Also there are no markings on the glass or caps. So the mystery continues. Meanwhile they sit on the shelf above my monitor. Pleasing to the eye while carefully concealing their true identities... to be revealed at a later date, hopefully.