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Christmas dinner is perhaps the most important meal of the year in most houses. It is a time for family and friends. They all return from the four corners of the world to be with their families for Christmas.

There are few occasions during the year when families are so fully reunited, hence the importance of the Christmas dinner table; when most of the chairs at the table will be filled.

Setting the perfect Christmas dinner table is different to setting a table at any other time of year, however formal the dinner, as the occasion calls for seasonal touches and decorations to make the meal festive and special.

Before you even begin to set the table, you should think about what colour scheme you want for your Christmas dinner table as this will help you choose the dinner plates. Having the right table cloth, crockery, cutlery and decorations.

Most people know that red and green are Christmassy colours, but if you want to do something a little different, you could go for purple and green, red and gold or even black and gold.

Setting the Table

So what will you need on the table? From a practical point of view, everyone will need a charger plate, side plates, a water glass, a wine glass, cutlery, a napkin and a soup bowl (if you’re serving soup!)

You’ll also need crockery for the table, serving utensils and placemats for hot dishes, Butter pat dish and bread plates. Mix and match your table, each person’s soup bowl does not have to match their charger plate.

Regardless, the most important thing about Christmas Dinner is….that you have enough plates and forks; that each guest should have at least two plates; a dinner plate and a side plate. That is your gift to them. It shows just how much you care you’ve taken.

Happy Holidays!


My Minton

In 1870, Minton opened an art pottery studio in Kensington, London encouraging both amateur and professional artists to become involved in pottery decoration and design.

From the mid-1890s onwards, Minton’s made major contributions to Art Nouveau ceramics with a fine range of slip and majolica ware.

Above is a Beautiful Minton bone china covered bowl in the ‘Haddon Hall’ Pattern. This stunning lidded sugar bowl with gilded edge has a little branch handle.

The size 9 cm x 8 cm in diameter. In very good condition. No chips, cracks or crazing. A focal point that will look lovely and decorative on any seasonal holiday table.

What is Mayfair Bone China?

MayFair was a pottery brand for Chapmans Longton Ltd. The company’s period of operation was from 1919 to 1966. They were a fine bone china manufacturer at the Albert Works, in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent.

Chapmans (Longton) Ltd were founded in 1916 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Thomas C. Wild & Sons.

The business closed in 1966 when Allied English Potteries (who in 1964 had acquired the Wild companies) And reorganised production.

Marks and trade names used on ware for identification:








marks c.1916-30



the registration number 788697 is from 1934

Royal Standard
Fine Bone





Royal Mayfair




Royal Standard

Bone China


Royal Standard
Fine Bone

1949 onwards

Reference Credit; The Potteries


Foreign Honey Bee Pots

Why does a piece of porcelein have a mark stamped “foreign?”

The question was answered on the Gotheborg website. I cannot take credit for the answer.

“In 1893 the USA, being a rising power; passed a law that all imported items must be marked by the country of origin having until 1923 for complete marks.

In the meantime countries like England and France just marked their pieces with “England” instead of “Made in England”, which was required in 1923.

Some countries like Japan and China marked their goods “foreign” between 1893 and 1923 meaning it was their export product, going outside their own country.”

A Chinese piece just marked “Foreign” seems to be the first export mark before “CHINA” to be followed by “Made in China.”



Made for Harrods of London

Vintage limited edition Staffordshire fruit and veg bowl in pretty bone china made for Harrods by Bishop and Stonier (Bisto) dating from between 1891 and 1936. Numbered 232.

Hand painted flowers surrounded by a cobalt and in a gold plated design. All in good condition for its age except for hairline on underside. No crazing or chips.

This mark (Caduceus) was registered as a trade mark by Powell & Bishop in 1876 the mark was also used by subsequent partnerships including Bishop & Stonier.

The “BISTO” trade name was only used by
Bishop and Stonier and often appeared (but not always) with the two marks shown above.

Incredible find.

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There be Dragons

Dragons brilliantly painted in vivid colours and varying tones of cobalt blue with characteristic ‘heaping and piling’ effects. Imagine standing there before you two striding five-clawed dragons chasing after one another amidst wispy clouds. Bands of lotus leaves encircling the top of border. Glazed interior well painted with a six-character mark within a blue border on the base.

Chinese antique Jiajing mark Blue and White Dragon Bowl. Two floating dragons under the sea with lotus leaves surrounding the top with just a faint gold leaf border. Sounds like a lucid dream.

The Jiajing mark Period Make”. This is possibly very old of high quality porcelain.

Zhong Guo Zhi Zao

Vintage Chinese rice Vintage Chinese rice bowls hand painted. A gilded cloisonné porcelain bowl. A set of 6 Bowls from 1970s hand painted.

Zhong Guo Zhi Zao ‘MADE IN CHINA’ in a diamond shape in 1973 marked on the base from kilns in China. Some marks of quality are important because they validate the quality and authenticity of the product you are investing in.

Although some true antique Chinese pieces will not have a mark or stamp. It wasn’t until the 1890’s when Chinese imports were required by law.

Marks tell you where they come, the year, the quality and the maker and from which kiln they were crafted in.

After all if I’m going to spend £10.00 on a bowl; I don’t want to find out it was mass produced and available at the Pound shop for a £1.00 Quid.

Blue background gilded rims and Floral. Each bowl is with 2 white Cranes floating on a white cloud on each side. and Chinese story about the birds. The story has a mark on it. That red mark is the artist personal stamp. See picture.

The bowls have a white centre. Very elegant and useful. Easy to clean. Complete set. Looks wonderful on any table. Makes a great cereal, salad, porridge or soup bowl.

The height is 5,5 cm / 2.16 ” x diameter 11,5 cm / 4.5 “.

EXCELLENT CONDITION with no chips, no

I found them in an antique shop in Antwerp and in EXCELLENT CONDITION with no chips, no cracks, no damages!

Extraordinary I love them.