Old China Dishes

Get tea in your favorite cup and come on back and click here for musica!  It’s Dishes Day!  But first . . . say Hello Kitty. 

I promised Em, one of our girlfriends, who’s doing some redecorating, that I would show another photo of my chair . . . she’s looking for this fabric, or something like it, and I don’t remember where I got this.  If any of you decorators out there know what pattern this is, please leave a comment here for Em!

I had several requests, so I thought I’d show you my dishes today!  We have to start with my kitchen cupboard because it’s like a toy for grownups!  My dad drove out from Arizona with his tool box and his dog, to help us move into our house.  The first thing I asked him to do was to take off the cupboard doors so I could see my dishes.  This is how it’s arranged today, but it’s gone through many changes: When I find yellow glasses, out goes the clear ones; I find pink dishes, out go the purple ones.  Pretty much everything came from yard sales and antique stores. (You notice there’s a bowl full of kitty toys there. They’re everywhere.) 

That’s a Johnson Brothers “Rose Chintz” teapot, a Martha’s Vineyard decorative plate, some of my Beatrix Potter people, an antique no-name brown transferware cup (with a singing bird on it!), my purple Windsor Ware china, some of my preferred fake fruit, topped off with my pink “Two Fond Hearts” plate!

These Minton cups belong to one of the girlfriends now . . . when my cupboards were full, I donated these to the Vintage section in our web store–I know they went to a good home! I hope she’s having lots of tea parties to show them off!

More cups, most of them have no manufacturer or pattern names on the bottom; great shelf for display, useful too, not deep so it doesn’t take up too much space.

Salt and pepper shakers, perfect for every occasion! :-)

Very old Minton creamers and teapot (no pattern name is on the bottom of this set of dishes!).

I love to mix old and new for informal tea parties.  My Emma cups mix so well with antique dishes!

This little gem was all alone on an antique-store shelf when I found it; no name on bottom, no saucer, but look at it!  Abigail Adams probably drank out of it!  It should not be living alone!

You can mix your eras too . . . This yellow earthenware Oven Ware bowl perks up the Johnson Brothers Rose Chintz.

Love to mix and match dishes, some are one of a kind, but fit right in. This sauce bowl is English, Myott Son & Co “Swing Time” — and it’s the only piece of it I have.

 Copeland Spode and Emma Bridgewater — those English people really know what they’re doing!

A little mish-mash of small cups, flower salt and peppers, and one of my pride and joys, a tiny Japanese tea-for-one set.

This china has nothing on the bottom!  I think it should be famous!  So pretty on a summer table outside under the arbor! ♥  Makes you want to have a dinner party!

Adorable green bird salt and peppers which were a give-away here a while back. The bottoms twist off!

Gold-trimmed acorn plates make cake and ice cream positively elegant!

washing upI wash the few dishes I own that have gold trim on them by hand because I’ve heard the dishwasher might wash it off.  These are “Tuscan fine Bone China, Made in England.”

tea time

Pretty dishes, so inspiring, you really must have tea!

Just a little bit of everything in this old hutch.  With colors and patterns like these, how can anyone not fall in love with dishes?

Some of you probably recognize this cup; it’s part of a tea set I designed for Lenox.  They’re not being made anymore, which seems to be the same thing you can say about everything these days!  One of the fall-outs from the economy, at least as far as I’m concerned, are all the products I designed that never got made.  Especially dishes! ♥  I’ve never been able to show these designs before . . . another good reason to love the computer and blog world!  This domed cake plate was the one I loved the most . . . one of the victims of the changing economy, but now, blog worthy!

I designed lots of things for the wonderful 250+ year-old China maker, Wedgwood that, unfortunately, never saw the light of day, until today!!  Back around 2002, Wedgwood asked for a complete collection of everything! Sugars, creamers, cake plates, butter dishes, dinner plates, mugs, tea pots, vases, jars, dresser trays, ice cream bowls, baby dishes, hanging plaques, glasses and accessories too, and pitchers . . . I love dishes so much, this was a dream job!!!

I drew and painted lots of ideas; here’s an earthenware milk pitcher and a hand-painted glass lemonade pitcher with a bird on the lid!  Who would not want this!!?

 The economy started changing around the time I was painting these and, unfortunately, Wedgwood never made them (heart breaker — but I worked with really nice people at Wedgwood–it wasn’t their fault, just a sign of the times!).  I designed clear-glass formal candlesticks, and these green casual candlesticks.  Many things had back, side and top views; this candlestick came with my removable crystal bird bobêche.  I wanted everything to feel a little bit vintage and have wonderful details.  (I’m sorry, but crystal bird bobêche???  Is this not a must-have?)

I designed lots of glasses too, all kinds: etched, hand-painted with little flowers, cut and colored; and I named them; this champagne glass was “Sabrina.”  Doesn’t she look like a Sabrina?  You have to use your imagination to hear the clear ring she would make when toasting — to see the sparkle she would have made when held up to the light, how the cunning little champagne bubbles would have drifted to the top to tickle your nose!  I also designed a tall, thin, etched, green ice-tea glass I called “Katherine” — there was also “Ingrid,” and “Audrey.”  I named them after old movies and movie stars.

This is a whistling tea cup.  When it’s filled with liquid, you can blow the bird whistle; it gurgles and sounds like a chirping bird.  Not made.  Hello?

Of course, I had to make a red-lidded jar!  I had a whole line of these jars in all sizes, for cookies and sugar — the tall one for pasta had a red-striped enamel lid.

I used lots of words; for example, there was a set of eight cups, each one was a different shape and size, and each had different quote on them; I called them “conversation cups” because I thought they would get people talking around the table.

I guess I should stop!  I could do this all day, but you get the idea! It was a very fun job, and now that I can finally show them to you, it was all worth it!  We can pretend!  But onward and upward, it’s another day!

 (P.S. If you liked the music today, it’s from the Movie Midnight in Paris, which, if you haven’t seen it, I think you would love!)  Hope you enjoyed Dishland!  Byeeeee! 

213 Responses to Old China Dishes

  1. Betty says:

    Good Day Susan, I just found your Vintage Dishes post and thoroughly enjoyed it. I also have a weakness for vintage dishes in all their pretty floral patterns and colors. I have several sets, different patterns and add pieces as I find them at resale shops and estate sales to the groans of my husband. Maybe I’ll start a rental business someday. I wanted you to know that I’ve made your Cream Scones several times adding my own flavor variations and have always received many rave reviews, so Thank You for sharing! You make me want to paint more often. I’d love to be able to make a good living at the things I love to do but all the things I have to do get in the way. Love your style, you are an inspiration. Hugs,

  2. Susan,
    I happened to see your website today for the first time and love the photos of your kitchen and your china dishes. I was recently on vacation on Vancouver Island and stopped at an antique store and found some Copeland Spode dishes/plates (Rose Briar) and fell in love with them. I grew up with Johnson Brothers dishes (Sheraton) and still use them every day. I also have some plates with roses/flowers that I bought at an antique store (Masons’ Nolob- England). So I love the flowers in your china (Johnson Brothers Rose Chintz). I have never written to a blog before but your blog is exceptional. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Scottie4851 says:

    Would you PLEASE (with the required, but not too much, sugar on top) come and do a book signing at Schuler Books in Okemos (Lansing area) Michigan? I can’t believe you were in Grand Rapids in 2013 and I missed the opportunity to have some of your cookbooks and A Fine Romance personalized. Aaaaargh! I have scrap booked multi-volume “family treasure” cookbooks for my two daughters. Thank you for the inspiration, the materials and making the world a lovelier place!
    Kind regards from Michigan,

    • sbranch says:

      I would love to, but it’s always up to the bookstores who they invite. I can call and ask, but usually that’s not the way it works, so the next time you’re in there, ask your events person to get in touch with me at booktour@susanbranch.com and then maybe we’ll get to schedule something!

      • Scottie4851 says:

        Thanks so much, Susan, for the prompt reply. I have already left a message for Whitney, the events coordinator at Schuler Books, to please call me regarding your book tour. The gentleman who took my call was very familiar with A Fine Romance and commented that having you visit Schuler Books would be “very exciting”! It certainly would!!
        I will keep my fingers crossed.

        Kind regards,

        • sbranch says:

          THANK YOU Karen! They so much would rather hear from a customer than from an author about things like this, it’s a big help! xoxo

  4. Jessica says:

    I was re-visiting this page to look at the cakeplate again. I would love to have one should anyone ever decide to make them! It’s fabulous and just what I was looking for!

  5. ann says:

    I recently came across a set of long narrow china dishes, that look like they would hold about a row of olives. Like maybe six in each dish? Do you have any idea what these would have been used for? They are probs 100 years old. Havent been able to find a place setting utilizing them, and they are british.

    • Suzette Shoulders says:

      Could those narrow dishes be ‘bone dishes’? For the bones from poultry? Someone once told me that is what the narrow dishes are. I adore china and pottery, and wish I had a set of Johnson Brothers “Rose Chintz”. Mama had a wee set when i was little, and Auntie Carmelita had a BIG set of it. I particularly loved the square breakfast plates, oh, my! Even at age 8 I loved dishes, LOL! Such fun to see all those dishes I WISH were made! I bought the fabric designed by Susan with the dear quotes, and they are part of a quilt now!

  6. Sylvia in Seattle says:

    So fun to visit this dish page again. I have a yellow Oven Ware butter dish. It’s my favorite thing – both the dish AND the butter :-) Also a few small pieces of this same type of ware in orange.

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