“Summer afternoon — summer afternoon: to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” — Henry James
It is summer again. Vacations are cancelled, but memories are not. Years ago, I started collecting plates from my travel desitinations. I created a plate wall so that the happy memories would always surround me. Since my summer vacation plans have been altered, I decided to look at the history of some of my treasures. I learned something new; I was able to revist a good time in a new way. Do you have trinkets from your travels? Maybe it is time for a display and a history lesson. Best part is that you can stay home and stay safe. #covidvacationalternative
Turn a mandate into an industry.
When King Louis XIV mandated that French nobility melt their silver services to fund the nation’s war efforts, French manufacturers of earthenware positioned their wares as patriotic substitutes. The engenuity of the moment paid off with the French Faience pottery we know today. The plate above is a whimsical nod to the King’s vision.
Embrace Spanish Fajalauza.
I went to Spain on a high school sponsored trip when I was 16. It was my first big adventure; I can still remember the sharp descent and (ultimately) safe landing in Madrid. As an adult, I have fallen in love with Spanish earthenware with cobalt detailing and descriptive scenes. The dark blue reminds me of a late night swim the Mediterranean Sea with the Sierra Nevada looming in the distance.
Add verve with Copenhagen style.
Royal Copenhagen is the essence of elegance and equisite taste. This little jug was a gift from a family friend. I love how brown and amber are quietly mixed in with the blue. You can almost imagine yourself on that boat watching the skyline fade. The perfect image and sentiment for the times we are living in.
Harness Dutch Windpower.
Windpower is the top energy talk; the Dutch had the idea first! The Asian style was the early influence of Delftware, but designs evolved over time into classic Dutch scenes such as tulips and windmills and seascapes. The cute shoe is a memento from a late 1990s trip to beautifully flower-laden Wassenaar in the Netherlands.
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