Cheese Please

It’s the night before Christmas

and all through the house,

There was a mouse stirring.

The people are laughing

Eating cheese and good festive food;

Christmas is fully planned,

The food on Christmas Eve

Is all about sharing.

This year, transform your table into a laid-back setting and encourage family and friends to tuck into a culinary free-for-all. Prepare big couscous salads, meats, stuffed courgette rolls, houmous, dips, olives and griddled bread and serve it on your vintage platters.

Vintage plates are perfectly suited to relaxed the dining experiences. Mix and match novelty plates, serving bowls, nesting jugs and serving trays in an array of blue porcelain patterns and pair with wooden sharing boards.

Don’t forget an after dinner Cheese, piled with your guests favourite blue, hard and soft cheeses, crackers and festive fruits like grapes and apples as accompaniments on of Cheese on vintage plates and Platters.

Pictured above:

Charming Ceramic triangle shape cheese serving plate with a mouse hiding in the corner. Made by Bassano from Italy.

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Dainty by Shelley

Up in Staffordshire, England at the Foley’s it was a place where they first made the Dainty. It is a teacup pattern by Shelley. One of the most beautiful and amazing pieces of pottery I have ever seen.

This is just one pattern incredible beauty was earlier known as Wileman & Co; a name they had been originally known as. Then they became the Foley Potteries originally before they were acquired by Shelley.

The first Shelley to join the company was Joseph Ball Shelley in 1862 and in 1896 his son Percy Shelley became the sole proprietor.

In the late Victorian period the Art Nouveau, The Foley potteries began making this style of pottery. Many other potteries were to make this design. It was so extremely popular, that Foley had to Patten the name Shelley.

Others potters follow this design like Paragon, Queen Anne, Melba and Aynsley. But Shelley is probably best known for this very fine bone china “Art Deco” ware of the inter-war years and post-war fashionable tea ware.

Rowland Morris was a ceramic designer who actually created the Dainty cup shape for Percy Shelley.

This shape became the popular, especially in the USA after the 2nd World War, remaining in the Shelley family continuing in production until the takeover in 1966 by Allied English Potteries.

Over the years Shelley Pottery has been the icon of English Fine Bone China even though the Dainty has not been made since the 1960’s.

Its china and earthenware products were many and varied with the major output of tea ware.

The Shelley pieces remains to be quite a collectible as well as sought after with those who want to take their tea with refined discerning Victorian decadence.

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Crown Devon

What is it?

Excellent Soup, noodle, porridge bowl by Crown Devon Blush Spring Fieldings Lidded Bowl.

The lid is a white with pink and blue flowers, gold gilt swirls around the lid of the bowl.

Keeps your everything warm. Wonderful shape.

In good condition. No chips cracks or crazing. Some of the gilding has gone. Still brilliant!

Great versatile bowl.

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Duchess Bouquet

Vintage Duchess Bone China Gilded Milk Jug Bouquet Pattern https://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/263333066487 @eBay

Atomic Starburst

Vintage Retro atomic starburst gilded tea set. Set of 4. Raspberry coloured starburst on a white background in white bone china. The tea set is unbranded but each piece is stamped “bone china” MADE IN ENGLAND.

Each piece has a number in sequence as if were accounted for or for inventory, but no brand.

Each piece is decorated with small starbursts and gold gilding round the edges. The set includes:

4 Tea Cups

4 saucers

4 Cake plates

1 complimentary saucer

The condition is not perfect, but for its age its been around. Almost 70 years old. The starburst design craze began In the 1940’s. One of the cups has a tiny hairline chip and another with a chip in the gilding on the extra cake plate. They are barely visible so please see the photos.

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Peony

Peonies are outrageous

Beautiful in bloom,

Such lush foliage,

They last all summer long.

A perennial no doubt

They live longer than we do;

So they have been known to thrive,

Living more than 100 years.

A peony requires little maintenance

With roots that are planted firmly,

Given a chance to grow,

They will establish their ground.

And to their life; it is to be worthwhile;

It is to the peonies only purpose;

Is that to be beautiful you know;

They take my breath away.

What is a Peony’s rule for success…

It’s is simply this; Given to full sun,

A well-drained soil; of course; water,

And a little bit of love.

What is it?

Vintage Japanese Marked Gilded Elegant Peony Rose Mid Century Accent Bowl. Beautiful pinks, yellow and pink enamel heavy gilding. The style is a rare square shape scalloped edges with a round base.

This vintage bowl is stamped hand painted. It has gold gilt with scalloped edges.

The bowl has the Japanese stamp is known for imports Marked on the backside. These pieces all date to the 1930’s, so I am assuming this to be in the same age range. There are flowers painted on both sides of the bowl.

Brand: Unknown

Color: Deep Gilded lined Flower peony buds over the edges wIth pink peony flowers on a Yellow background with Gold Gild.

Size: Measures approximately 6 x 6 in.

Material: Porcelain

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Minerva by Royal Doulton

Royal Doulton Minerva range which dates from 1989.

Vintage.

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