Friday, January 30, 2009

A Traditional Type Of Girl

I feel a tad pathetic loving a china pattern.  I mean, it is 2009 after all.  I don't really know anyone who has china (other than my parents of course, who have over the years inherited some beautiful sets from various family members).  But that said, I keep coming across this very attractive design:





And I am totally fascinated by it.  I think I first came across it at Barney's, then perhaps at The Conran Shop, and then finally at Tivoli, where I asked the proprietor what the story was.  He told me this was Royal Copenhagen china, but updated.  He told me that "some young person" had taken the original classic blue fluted pattern and enlarged it, putting a different aspect of the pattern on each dish.  Thus the blue fluted mega pattern was born.

So naturally this begged the question, what does the original pattern look like?  Gorgeous, that's what:


I have a weird fixation with sugar bowls lately.  I'm pretty tired of digging sugar out of the Domino box for my morning tea, and feel somehow like my days would start off better if I could choose a beautiful lump of La Peruche sugar out of a sugar bowl like this:


But then I suppose my day would be not so great when I, in a somnabulent state, dropped the lid of the $200 sugar bowl on the floor, shattering it in a thousand pieces.

I do not love this one quite so much:

But herbal tea out of this in the evening would be so civilized and luxurious:


Does the fact that I like the old person's pattern (I prefer to think of it as classic) mean that I'm old and boring at heart?  I'll just pretend that it has to do with my tastes being more highly evolved than the rest of my generation.

10 comments:

My Notting Hill said...

This updated pattern is terrific! Thanks for sharing - I hadn't seen that before.

Laura said...

It is quite cool, isn't it? I think I actually covet both of the patterns...

Terry B said...

Actually, I like the updated stuff too. Our everyday china is stark white, modern and cheap. But we also have vintage Manhattan glass dinnerware collected over the years that we haul out once in a while. Made in the late '30s and early '40s, it has a very Art Deco feel, and it looks really swell on a black tablecloth. We also have a random vintage sugar bowl, picked up at some flea market. And yes, it adds a nice touch to morning tea.

MIMILEE said...

Doesn't mean you are old and boring at all! It means you love the finer things of life and definately have CLASS!

Patricia Gray said...

Dare to be dirrerent from the crowd. Royal Copenhagen is timeless and classic and every time you sip your tea out of this teacup it will taste more divine!

Nadege said...

If you want my opinion, I think you have incredibly good taste.

Laura said...

Well this has all been very affirming!

Barbara said...

Thanks for dropping by winosandfoodies. I love this blue and white china.

hello gorgeous said...

I agree with everyone who basically said, "Who cares what anybody else thinks?"

Blue and white is classic.

Pigtown-Design said...

I have the original pattern of this blue & white, as well as some of the white. My favourite piece is a white double-handled bowl with a white lid. I use it for everything!!!

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