Monday, August 23, 2010

My Summery Blue and White China

Old or rambling roses left to right: Apple Blossom, De La Grifferaie, and Constance Spry.

I haven’t collected blue and white transferware china in a decade.
As a native of Long Island, NY, I was attracted to it for its sea-and-sky colors.

Burleigh Asiatic Pheasants Platter with phlox, nepeta, and a bud
of the climbing rose New Dawn in a craft store julep cup.

Photo: Troy Campbell for Creative Home 2007
An oft-seen picture on the Web: Nikki LaBelle’s dreamy beach house.
Romantic perfection.    I ached for this so badly!

My public library didn't have a book including these marks, but my friend and follower Jacqueline found it online.
The mark is from Davenport Brothers, a Greenwich Village, New York department store that imported the Staffordshire pottery of Joseph Clementson (1794-1871).   The pattern is called "Claremont", and it’s considered to be ‘light mulberry purple’ transferware, both are rare and highly collectible.   The diamond-shaped British Registry Mark indicates registry on 30 April 1856, Bundle no. 7.

But, I saw this cute little plate depicting Greek amphorae in a classical setting wreathed
in old roses at a yard sale for $1, (got it for fifty cents), and thought how nice it would
look with my sweet peas, hosta, dame’s rocket, hydrangeas, nepeta, and wild ladybells.

Sweet Peas (lathyrus odoratus) sown back in March.

Over the years, I’ve come to favor ultra soft colors in my personal garden.
But, something about these colors we have around the barns
and on the side of the lane are so right in late summer.

I am re-reading Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic Interiors, and cannot stop gazing
at her homey blue-based linen closet.

Photo: Amy Neunsinger from Shabby Chic Interiors by Rachel Ashwell (Cico).

So, I took out all my blue and white and had
one of those perennial summer events – a reunion!

Unmarked transferware creamer with Burleigh Asiatic Pheasants platter.

Until next time, stay shabby!

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Jeanine Burkhardt said...

LoVeLy as Always... Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

Bella said...

Hi Sandy... I have never been a blue girl... transferware was too bold and deeply toned. What you have is so soft and dreamy... makes me think I have been wrong :-) So Lovely!!

Connie said...

Beautiful, sweet chickee. I also love having closets froufrou-ed up. I think every single room in a house should be beautiful and serene. Just wish I had a cottage like yours to escape to when I wanted, sugar. You take the loveliest photos!

NanaDiana said...

Sandy-I think just about everyone I know went through a blue & whie phase at some time in their life. I'm not sure how old you are but it was THE thing in the 80's. I had a huge collection of Currier & Ives and some Spode and some transfer ware. I gave most of it to my daughter-she is now trying to give it back to me! lol

The pictures are beautiful and I am loving the French chairs! oh-so-softly-pretty! Diana

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I am in LOVE with that platter. I really like the coolness of blue&white in the summer... Your display was wonderful... Hugs, Donna

clustres said...

So beautiful, Sandy. Oh, by the way, you might like my header.

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Gorgeous, Sandy! I have always wanted one of those beautiful big Asiatic Pheasants platters! Blue and whites are so lovely, especially when the blue is light and faded like that!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Oh...I love the blue transfer wear mixed with your things. Makes me want to start a new collection.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

That platter is beautiful, your a blue girl like i'm a pink girl....I think I love them both!


Jojo said...

I love the softness of your blue & white pieces. Many times the blue & white china is too intense. Yours stands out with just a hint of color.

tales from an oc cottage said...

Oh, what pretty patterns!!

m ^..^

Cabin and Cottage said...

With Rachel as your inspiration how can you go wrong! You have captured the perfect balance in all the tones. SO beautiful to look over. Jacqueline

CHERI said...

I've never been a fan of most blue and white china, but this is really pretty! Of course, you have the talent of making anything look lovely!

cityfarmer said...

kinda makes ya want to pour tea ...
it goes so nicely with white ironstone ...


* French at Heart * said...

~*~*Just lovely*You are so talented and I LOVE your beautiful blog~*~*Blessings,Rachel

Cinderella Moments said...



Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Sandy ~
So beautiful ! I am becoming a blue lover lately more and more ~
I guess because it reminds me of the seashore :)


Linda said...

This is a really soft and lovely color combination, Sandy...such a sweetness to it...

fairmaiden said...

I linger over R.A's book too. Your pale blue and white china is the perfect the sea. So delicate and soft.

elinAnita (eddaskreativiteter ) said...

It`s just beautiful:)
have a nice day..

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello sweet Sandy! Oh yes, I have always been a lover of pink to embellish my white canvas, but this summer, I have been swept away by turquoise or aqua blue and seafoam blue/green. This blue that you showcase here is DIVINE and it goes so well with your lovely décor. I too have been enthralled by Rachel Ashwell's first book and I keep scanning over the photos to get just the right embellishments going on in my home. GREAT JOB, SANDY! Anita

elsamarianne said...

I love blue-and-white china too, and your photos are wonderful.

Fågel Blå said...

So lovely photos!
i love them all!
have a nice week!

Anonymous said...

Whenever I come here, Sandy, I sigh out loud. So gorgeous and sweet!

Candylei said...

It is definitely soft, dreamy and lovely! I agree with the other comment that it shows just a hint of color to set off your whites and flowers. We can never get enough of your beautiful photographs!

Sharon said...

beautiful post, I love those platters!

A Cottage Muse said...

Simply sweet!

Tania - Grange de Charme said...

So sweet and lovely ... Thank you Sandy

stefanie said...

so pretty, I love the soft color

Jacqueline said...

I wish you could see my grin right now! I packed away all my 'Blue & White' when I moved last year. I'd been feeling a bit hot and cold with it for some time ... Recently I brought some pieces out, and felt like I was seeing it in a whole new light. There are bits and pieces that still make my little old heart so happy.

Did you used to read Victoria magazine, before it was re-issued? They did an annual Blue & White issue that was pretty darn dreamy ...
Love the photos, as always!xx

Jacqueline said...

I have solved the mystery of the missing maker's mark on your blue and white saucer with classical urns! (Oooh ...I love a good challenge!

The mark on your piece told me this:

The piece was manufactured by Davenport Brothers, NY. A little Web research revealed that Davenport Bros. retailed from their department store at 203 Greenwich St, Greenwich Village.

The diamond-shaped British Registry Mark(pictured below the Manufacturer's mark) told me this:
The pattern on your piece of English china was registered April 30, 1856, Bundle no. 7

And now I was most curious to discover which potters were represented by Davenport Bros. at that time. Further Web-digging led to the discovery of your piece's maker:

Staffordshire potter, Joseph Clementson (1794-1871).The pattern on your piece is called "Claremont", and is considered Mulberry in colour.

It seems you have a highly collectible piece, my friend!

Confirmation of your lovely pattern can be seen here:

Ta Da!!

Emmas Welt said...

Whow I'm really fascinated by your beautiful blog and I've just registered as a persecutor.
Dearest greetings, Emma from Germany

Sandy said...

Jacqueline - you ROCK!

THANKS so much!

I'll have to write an addendum for the post tonight!!!!!



Bree said...

I am floored by the beauty on this entire blog. You are gifted.



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