Early this month we attended the White Ironstone China Association annual convention in York Pa. This convention is a wonderful immersion into this early English pottery with so much to see and learn in the company of the nicest people - many even more addicted to early White Ironstone than I am. Is that really possible?
There are many opportunities to purchase wonderful pieces of English White Ironstone from the Tops & Bottoms Sale the first evening - to the Auction with over two hundred items available - to the Sunday Morning Sale. Most of those attending this convention are collectors and as their collections get too large some of their treasures need to be moved aside for new acquisitions. The many special items included in the auction are these pieces.
We came home with a car full of white treasures - many of which will be available for purchase in our internet stores on Ruby Lane and Tias Antique Arts. However, since I favor the pieces with floral embossing many of those will remain in my private collection - at least for a while.
The charming small sauce tureens were plentiful and we came home with ten of these precious treasures. And at the other end of the spectrum we now have two new large soup tureens - one with its matching under plate. I have a customer in California who has a variety of the sauce tureens and serves soup in them to her guests - with each having their own unique shape.
Squash On Vine Shape - Paneled Grape Shape - Victor Shape
I have always been drawn to early White Ironstone pitchers and ewers especially those with the floral shapes such as these -
Forget Me Not Shape and Wheat in the Meadow Shape
Shown here along with Ceres Shape, Leaf & Thumbprint Shape, Budded Vine Shape
My newest fascination is the early tea pots. I just love the form of the Chinese Shape and Fig Shape and the simplicity of the Sevres Shape.
Bath pieces are becoming more and more difficult to find - the brush and razor boxes and soap dishes. We were lucky enough to locate a matched pair in the Hanging Basket Shape. These pieces leave the bath quite often in today's life style. A customer of mine uses them on her buffet table to hold all sorts of small food items.
Wonderful relish dishes were available and leaf shapes seem to be the theme of those I purchased.
Fig Union Shape - Lily Of The Valley Shape - Potomac Shape - Along With Leaf Shapes
These two covered tureens are just exquisite in their shapes -
Fig Shape and Berlin Swirl Shape
Platters in a variety of sizes and plates completed our purchases. So very useful and food looks so appealing on white.
Morning Glory Shape, Baltic Shape, Athens Shape Platters
Ribbed Cookie Plate
Corn & Oats Plates
Fig Shallow Bowl
Please visit our internet stores if you see something you would like to add to your collection - links below.
Better still - Come visit our booth at one of the many Antiques Shows we will be participating in this summer in New England - and see and touch these special pieces of early English White Ironstone.
We have just returned from Brimfield and some of these pieces are no longer available.
Our next show is an exciting experience - Antiques at Elm Bank - June 11 and 12 - on the grounds of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Just imagine white tents full of antiques nestled amongst beautiful gardens! My favorite combination - antiques and flowers - Wonderful!
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