Friday, June 12, 2009

Plates


The lovely Elizabeth Wix, About New York, proposed we do a blog
on plates for Friday. I, of course, was game, since I adore all kinds
of tableware. And I'm the first to admit, I have entirely too many
sets of plates. I am including just a few of my favorites for you today.
The plate pictured above, is hanging to the right of my kitchen sink.
It's a 1987 Annual Christmas Stamp art plate from the United States
Postal Service. I collect all kinds of Madonna and Child icons, so this
beautiful plate was a must.

This pattern is "Brookline" by Woods Burslem, England. I started out
with only four dinner plates of this vintage set when we were first
married. I had searched everywhere all these years for additional
pieces, but to no avail. Enter eBay. I bid, with no one bidding against
me, and won a complete set of eight table settings, plus serving pieces
for $39.00. The eBay steal of the century!

Over the years I have slowly collected a sizable set of random vintage
pink Staffordshire plates. I like to serve Christmas dinner on them.
This particular plate is "The Ride of Paul Revere".


Most times, I serve dinner on plain white Faltzgraff plates and
matching soup/salad dishes. I like the way food looks on simple
white. But that's no fun to show and tell. So here's another set I
like for everyday. The pattern is the well known "Blue Denmark" by
Johnson Brothers. I like to serve Saturday brunch on them.


My latest obsession are these beauties. Mason's "Bow Bells"
pattern in brown. I found two plates last year at the Scotts Antique
Show for $2 each. I've been keeping my eyes peeled for them and
have added one more since, for a total now of three. They're ironstone
and extra large. I'm nutty about them.


And last, but certainly not least, my tried and true "Blue Willow" also
by Johnson Brothers. I've had these since the late '70s. About 15
years ago, I thought I was tired of them and boxed them up. Last year,
I dragged them back out and fell in love with them all over again.

So there you have it, my bloggy friends. A little sampling of plates
from Willow Manor. Be sure to click on the link to Elizabeth's blog
for a list of other "plate" participants. My real passion is for bowls!

74 comments:

  1. My sister collects plates and has them covering the walls in her kitchen. I never did get a complete set of my china so one year I had a great idea. I talked relatives out of or traded with one of mine, a place setting of their china. So now my china, when I set the table, all the place setting are different, reminders of different members of my family, some who are now deceased.

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  2. Ellen, that is such a wonderful idea! Now those place settings are becoming treasures. I like to mix and match, too.

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  3. I like the brown and white ironstone ones too....best of luck with your hunt to find more...I'm certain you'll prevail.

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  4. Love plates, especially those one of a kind platters you get at antique shops, always eye-catching. I used to collect these beauties too. After we retired, I let my children keep those they wanted. Now, when I visit them, I can still enjoy those old friendly patterns.

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  5. I use plain white ironstone plates as well, but I love pattern plates and they are so inspiring! what a great post!

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  6. I like that look of mixing up vintage patterns. They add such a touch of beautiful art to the set table.

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  7. Now you're talking. Plates, linens, glasses, teacups, silver...I can't ever say no to them. I find them everywhere--flea markets, ebay, Replacements Ltd, antique shops,...I once found a set of 5 beautiful bone china plates with matching salad plates at Marshalls. I'm still trying to find more to round them out. So pretty, Willow.

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  8. Oh simple plate-titudes! Ahhh hahahaha. Oh, I am on a roll tonight for some reason. Sorry.

    I like the Brookline one the best and its English, no less. Go figure. :)

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  9. oh my. what wonderful plates you have. like the Paul Revere one the best me thinks.

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  10. Nice, but I sort of prefer what goes ON the plate.

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  11. Willow, you might be the only person I know who has as many sets of dinnerware as my mother does. I really the set you bought on ebay.

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  12. Hola Willow!
    All these plates are beautiful, but my run away favorite is the "Blue Willow" pattern that I grew up with. No, we never did eat
    Beef Wellington on them (more like green tomatillo chicken enchiladas), but my sister Lupe and I were just enamored with the romantic story on the plates.
    Gracias, Willow, great post!

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  13. I'm nutty about the nutty brown ones too. They look like transferware. And blue and white is always so classic. My husband is Greek so we break plates around here.
    Catherine

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  14. Lovely plates. I collected blue and whites years ago and also have two sets of Johnson Bros. Blue Willow! I get them out for visitors; that's when I really dress the table.

    I'm a bit late for this one, as Friday's nearly over here but I'll do some snapping and put mine up one day.

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  15. What a wonderful collection Willow...I'm a bit of a sucker for plates myself. I'm currently working with a company in Staffordshire and I smiled to learn that the annual two weeks holiday in the area is known as 'Potters'.

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  16. I love your pates! I also love how you take pictures of them!
    I'm going to try my own version of "plates" too! thank you so much for sharing this!

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  17. The last one caught my eye big time. It really is beautiful and I love the pattern.

    Plates, uh? Luckily you don't have any Greek ancestry, nor have held many Greek weddings at home :-D!

    Fab post.

    Greetings from London.

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  18. A truly special collection, Willow!
    When I moved to Vienna, I fulfilled my dream of ivory bone china plates (Dibbern, Germany), but I love to mix them with patterned one. For Thanksgiving, for example, I add plates and the big Turkey platter in the white and brown "Westbourne" pattern by Spode (the turkey platter was a steal at Williams Sonoma, 29 Euros, found on their remnants table by chance, couldn't believe my eyes!).

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  19. Willow,
    My wife can't resist dinnerware either. While she complains about the enormity of my book accumulation, if plates were books we'd vie with a public library for the size of our collection. :)
    rel

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  20. i am not a blue person.
    but, i love the
    "Blue Denmark", and always have.
    i happen to have many happy memories associated with that pattern.

    xx

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  21. beautiful plates. collections of plates, bowls & jugs seem to have mysteriously crept into my home, i cannot resist & find such excitement when i come across a find. it is such a pleasure choosing a plate here & a bowl there to suit the day, my mood. what a precious buy was your "brookline", the blue denmark is a fave, i too had put mine away & them rediscovered them!

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  22. Hello Willow,

    I've had a go at this too! I like the Brookline, pink Staffordshire (lovely that you use it for Christmas) and, always, the Blue Denmark. Nice though it might be to collect these things, there is always the problem of SPACE! I have always envied food magazines that have access to the perfect plate for any dish!

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  23. So very lovely.
    My faves are the Paul Revere and the Mason's ironstone.
    I knew we would have similar taste.
    In fact I could write a whole book about plates.....but it would bore everyone to death.

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  24. Favs are Bow Bells and Blue Denmark, but love them all. Not a plate collector but can certainly appreciate their beauty; you were so lucky to get such a find on ebay!

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  25. One of my favorite passions is Blue Willow! I also have a set of 12 in my china cabinet and never seem to tire of them. They make whatever is served on them look special and elegant! But looking at all you collect, makes me want to branch out to other patterns. I'm now inspired!

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  26. Mom still has a few pieces from her Blue Willow set. And still using them. Nice.

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  27. A great collection - some good ideas about how to use the plates. I have a Willow too, by Johnson - now I will unearth it, and may be others!

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  28. My father-in-law, gone to heaven, (or so he would have guessed) began buying plates from Bradford (I think the name was) and most were expensive, and one of a kind with a limited run, so to speak, and he had them stacked up in his bedroom and they are still there. After he died, my mother-in-law tried to sell some of them and chose the Norman Rockwell collection but nobody would buy them among plate collectors. Too common or something. So she took the roomfull he had hung up and took them down with their plate hangers and stored them back in their individual boxes. None are displayed now.

    He was fascinated with plates and bought them by the bushel basket full at auctions.

    Is your collection approaching the rafters in the attic yet?

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  29. I think those Bow Bells are my fave, too! And I always think of you when I see Blue Willow! :)

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  30. Just gorgeous! I love the blue Willow, simply divine :)

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  31. Lovely, I told Elizabeth I'd love to join in except I have no nice show off-y dishes! And now that I have seen yours I know I am not posting mine.

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  32. The Madonna and Child is simply wonderful and how inspiring to have it in your kitchen!
    Coincidentally, I have a Woods, Burslem on my post too. Come see.

    Kat

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  33. How beautiful these plates all are! I particularly like the 'Brookline'.

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  34. Such wonderful, beautiful plates Willow! It's good to have choices.

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  35. Those are gorgeous, Willow. Something we DON'T have in common: I don't have ANY of those patterns. But I DO love China!

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  36. I grew up eating on blue willow table ware. My mother still has them.

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  37. I'm very impressed with your EBay steal! I've never seen that Brookline pattern; gorgeous.

    I have too many plates, too, and one day I will inherit many more from my mother.

    I look forward to your "bowl" post.

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  38. these are wonderful! such a treat to have a meal off of any of these - also loved your poem from the last post Willow :)

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  39. I love the Madonna and Child plate and all the rest. Plates seem to be like fabric--could you ever have enough?

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  40. Willow your plates are wonderful! This place we stopped in Shawnee for supper had plates mounted all around the top of the walls and I wanted to get pictures, but it was Friday evening and the place was full, so I just looked. I did get a picture for you in Louisiana though!!

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  41. Those are all beautiful-- thanks!

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  42. I have one collectors plate, in the Marilyn Monroe bathroom. My everyday wear is clear and I divided my 12 piece set of china between my 2 daughters. I love the idea of a completely different piece for each setting. Next life maybe.

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  43. Willow - I miss reading about what you're having for dinner and which mug you've chosen for the day.

    Well you entertian us with more details soon?

    Penny

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  44. wonderful plates - thanks for visiting me - I love jugs as well

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  45. Blue Willow is a favorite!!! Love it!!!

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  46. I love all your plates. I also love anything with Madonna and Child. Would love to see your bowls. ;-)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Nice to see you there.

    Paz

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  47. those are gorgeous, I'm late and my plate post will be up tomorrow!

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  48. Goodness I love dishes. It's a problem at times, definitely. I hang them (yes, even in my bedroom...)and lean them, stack them and put them on bookcases and tabletops to collect the little things that seem not to have a place. I love them, but like you have kept them in dark cupboards thinking my tastes had changed. I can't part with any of them.

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  49. Lovely cpllection Willow. I havn't been to our mountain/town hoouse so culd not photograph my treasures and join in.
    Thank you for your comment on my skies, I did not mear to poetize it just happened all by itself with the magic of the moomlit sky.

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  50. What fun! The best part of Elizabeth's idea of posting plates is that I get to see not only so many other plates (who knew there were so many of us with plate fetishes?) but also I get to find new and wonderful blogs. Really enjoyed my visit here, will be back!

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  51. Oh my goodness, a plate person! Where are the Corelle? LOL Sorry but I think collecting plates might just be an acquired passion. For people with houses that are too large for them!

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  52. What a great idea--to box up plates you're tired of and then pull then out a few years down the road. It must be like reconnecting with an old friend.

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  53. You have wonderful taste dear Willow. I have an obcession with plates but they all have to be white. How boring but I just go to them.

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  54. Oh Willow, you are beautifully plated, and such lovely taste you have. I heartily approve!

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  55. What an exquisite set of plates. I fell for the "blue Denmark" right away. I have a Raphael's Madonna set in a plate. I love it when people display their favorite plates on their kitchen walls. Great post. Why don't you make it a series in your blo9g. I would love to read about their history and see the different patterns. Great post.

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  56. I love plates and wish I had the room for more. I like to picking up unusual plates at yardsales.

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  57. lovely selection of plates, and so many of them look familiar to me, as my parents have a very similar plate collection!

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  58. I love the scroll design by Woods of Burslem, it is decorative, classic and yet not too precious if that makes sense? Mason's Bow Bells is also very modern in a retro kind of way.

    Would you be interested in doing a "Mug Monday" on June 22nd? I suggested this in a rather lighthearted, of the cuff sort of way, after reading Weaver of Grass. It seems to have stirred some interest.

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  59. Willow, I love the plates! I serve Christmas dinner on pink Staffordshire, too :)

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  60. I love plates too. I love your Madonna and Child plate. In all the homes I've been that's the one that goes up first. I always seem to know just where it needs to be, Even when I re-decorate, it remains in it's spot. thanks for a wonderful post.

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  61. What an interesting idea!

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  62. Elizabeth's post is lovely, too. Yes, nice plates!

    I live with gay men who have ... god only knows how many sets of plates. They're all lovely and tasteful. I'm more pragmatic.

    But yours are lovely. And your new avatar!! Perfection! You finally got just what you wanted, yes?

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  63. Willow,
    I forget to mention that I am really impressed by the clever way you presented your plates on the stove grid! Fantastic idea, very clever. :-)

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  64. Hi! Willow,
    What a "lovely" collection of plates!
    My mother use to collect plates...
    her favorite...You guess it!...
    The Bleu and Red Willow(s).
    Thanks, for sharing!
    DeeDee ;-D

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  65. I do love those brown ones!! beautiful! Such a fun collection to have, and one that I share.

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  66. Nice,really nice.Like the last one!

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  67. What a beautiful collection of plates you have, Willow! Eating art!
    I miss my mother's Johnson Brothers collection of blue coaching scenes.

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  68. I am another fan of Elizabeth's brilliant blogs and inspired plate theme.

    Your selections are all quite wonderful. Congratulations on that Ebay winner. Just amazing.

    I had totally forgotten about the Post Office having sold commemorative plates!

    Best wishes.

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  69. i would have thought that blue plate was one of royal copenhagen's "musselmalet" series. i can imagine it's lovely for brunch tho'! :-)

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  70. beautiful collections! my favorite is the brown plate. love that pattern!!!

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  71. I do love the madonna and child...well i still don't hang plates on the walls like the Andalusians do but i should!

    and...yes to blue and white plates!

    great plate post Willow!

    i've just did mine
    :-)

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  72. That brown plate is gorgeous! I can see why you are obsessed.

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