Monday, June 28, 2010

Early English White Ironstone Teapots -

Bordered Hyacinth Shape Teapot
W Baker

When I first became acquainted with Early English White Ironstone it was the ewers and pitchers that stole my heart. I was fascinated with the variety of shapes and wrote about them in earlier blogs. Each truly had their own personality - from those with the very classic geometric shapes to those with the narrow necks and full bodies pictured as a collection in a black cupboard on the cover of Architectural Digest.

Architectural Digest January 2005

Bordered Hyacinth Shape Ewer
W Baker

Recently, the early teapots have stolen my attention. The White Ironstone China Association has a wonderful guide to teapots. They explain that tea drinking was widely popular because it was seen to have a medicinal as well as social function. Queen Elizabeth the First, in the late 1500's, had teapots as well as tea imported from China. Tea drinking was very important in the daily life of the British and they continued the custom when they came to America. The English potters began producing white ironstone in the 1840's and paid close attention to the designs of the teapots.

Tuscan Shape
John Edwards

The teapot was a complicated piece to make taking at least 5 separate molds to turn out the body, spout, handle, lid and finial. Most teapots have several perforations, as strainers, where the handle is attached and the lids have a hole to let air in to prevent a vacuum while pouring. As were the ewers, the teapots were made in a variety of shapes - some plain, some elaborately embossed. Each also has its own personality!


Memnon Shape
J Meir

Walled Octagon Shape
Jacob furnival

Baltimore Shape
Brougham & Mayer

Tuscan Shape
John Edwards


Lion's Head Shape
John Edwards

Bow & Tassel Shape
Burgess & Goddard


Wheat In The Meadow Shape
Powell & Bishop

Washington Shape
John Meir

Budded Vine Shape
Meakin & Co

Bordered Hyacinth Shape
W Baker

Star Flower Shape
J W Pankhurst

Lily Of The Valley Shape
Anthony Shaw

This is but a small sampling of the teapots made by the very prolific early English potters.

Many of the teapots shown are available for purchase at our Internet Stores and Antique Shows. However, some have been sold and some are in my private collection. Please click on the pictures to see availability.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Hydrangeas - Spectacular!!!

This Year The Hydrangeas Are Spectacular In Little Compton -

A Real Feast For The Eyes!!!


Monday, June 7, 2010

Summer Antiques Show Schedule -

Holly Lane Antiques began the summer season of Antiques Shows last weekend at the Mt Hope Farms Antiques Show in Bristol RI. When visitors to our booth found out about our blog they asked if our summer schedule was posted. Why didn't I think of including our schedule?

Here is our 2010 schedule -

After many years of trial and error we have a Antiques Show schedule that consists of the best Southern New England has to offer in the most beautiful of places that are a joy to visit!

June 19 - Grafton Antiques Show on the Commons Grafton Ma

This is a new show for us and we are looking forward to participating in it. Antiques Shows benefiting a town's Historical Society are among the best.

June 26 - Brewster Antiques Fair at the Drummer Boy Park Brewster Ma

This show is our first show of the season on Cape Cod and a favorite of ours. It is in a lovely setting and is another well attended show supporting the Historical Society.

July 3 - Tiverton 4 Corners Antiques Show Tiverton RI

The Tiverton Show is nearby for us and also is in a lovely setting on the grounds of the Meeting House. Plan to spend the day! After attending the Antiques Show enjoy lunch at the Provender across the street, ice cream at Grays and visit the many shops at 4 Corners.

July 24,25 - Antiques at Elm Bank Wellesley Ma

This Antiques Show is the most special of the summer. It is a large show set on the beautiful grounds of the Elm Bank estate which is the Massachusetts Horticultural Society headquarters in Wellesley. The antiques are in tents spread amongst beautiful gardens. A real feast for your eyes - antiques and gardens - a wonderful combination!

August 6,7 Little Compton Antiques Festival Little Compton RI

Several years ago this antiques show moved to its present location in a large tent at the Sakonnet Vineyards - another perfect setting for antiques with a tour of the vineyards as an added bonus! This show benefits Preserve Rhode Island.

August 19 Osterville Antiques Show Osterville Ma

When we first found this show on the Cape we were surprised to find it takes place on a Thursday. This is a wonderful show on the grounds of the Historical Society in this charming Cape Cod town.

August 28,29 Antiques on Cape Cod Hyannis Ma

This is a new show this year and Holly Lane Antiques is looking forward to being there. This show promoter has the magic touch when creating antiques shows and this one promises to be quite special. It will take place in the new Hyannis Youth Community Center.

September 18 Ogunquit Antiques Show Ogunquit Maine

Spending a weekend in this special town in Maine is the perfect way to wind down our summer show season. This show is sponsored by the Friends of the Ogunquit Heritage museum.

September 25 Weston Antiques Show Weston Ma

This Antiques Show takes place on the grounds of the Golden Ball Tavern - a perfect setting for a Fall outdoor show.

October 16,17 Boston Antiques Show Wilmington Ma

We end our Antiques Show season at this large show held in the Shriner's Auditorium.

We hope you will visit Holly Lane Antiques this summer and enjoy antiquing at the best of the Antiques Shows in Southern New England.

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