Striking Summer Patterns

Named for the Roman goddess of fruit, the Pomona pattern by Portmeirion features a wonderful palette of colors with life-like depictions of fruits in its designs. The artistic depictions of different fruits are based on illustrations from "Pomona Britannica," a...

Posted by on 3 July 2014 | 3:16 pm

Franciscan Wildflower Teapot

This rare teapot from the lovely Wildflower pattern by Franciscan features a hand-painted underglaze floral design rendered in a gorgeous color palette. A 1942 Franciscan advertisement describes the pattern as "A hand-painted embossed design embodying the colorful wildflowers that make...

Posted by on 17 June 2014 | 2:25 pm

Summer Flora and Fauna

Charnwood is a gorgeous bone china pattern produced by Wedgwood from 1951 to 1987. The asymmetrical floral design of the pattern features rich colors and verdant foliage replete with butterflies and other insects seamlessly incorporated into the design, complemented by...

Posted by on 10 June 2014 | 3:24 pm

Ornate Rose Designs, Outstanding Craftsmanship

Queen's Bouquet by Rosenthal/Continental is rimmed, scallop-shaped cream-colored china showcasing vibrant sprays of flowers on the center and rim. The verge (the verge area is where the well of the plate merges with the rim) features an exquisite gold trim...

Posted by on 3 June 2014 | 3:13 pm

Royal Winton "Quilt" Salad Plate

This charming square salad plate in the Quilt pattern (number 4515) by Royal Winton showcases a variety of different overlapping quilt-themed designs. Quilt was produced in the late 1930s, around the same time as Tartans, a similar Royal Winton pattern...

Posted by on 20 May 2014 | 3:17 pm

Blossoms For Spring!

Chelsea Garden by Spode is a gorgeous bone china pattern produced from 1952 to 1988. Chelsea Garden has a rimmed, scalloped design adorned with beautiful, asymmetrical floral sprays and a warm mustard-colored trim. Spode founder Josiah Spode opened the doors...

Posted by on 1 May 2014 | 3:45 pm

Graceful Designs Perfect for Spring

Homer Laughlin Fiesta-Peacock (Newer) is an iconic, Art Deco-influenced design with embossed concentric rings at the center of the plate and at the rim. Many of the plates are classified as "coupe", which means the plate has a convex shape,...

Posted by on 8 April 2014 | 3:26 pm

Nature-Inspired British and American Designs

Produced from 1987 to 2006, the Archive Collection-Cranberry pattern by Spode China comprises a variety of popular, traditional china designs, each in an attractive cranberry color motif. The collection includes such patterns as Willow, Girl at the Well, Jasmine, and...

Posted by on 3 April 2014 | 2:00 pm

Flowers for Spring

A gently scalloped edge with green trim enhances the pink peony and blue and yellow floral designs of Royal Doulton Floradora Green. The pattern beautifully represents the production excellence associated with the company. Founded as Doulton and Watts in Lambeth,...

Posted by on 25 March 2014 | 3:31 pm

Beautiful Tableware Masterpieces

Diplomat by Rosenthal/Continental is rimmed, scallop-shaped ivory china with asymmetrical sprays of flowers on the center and rim, and an embossed rim and edge with gold trim. Phillip Rosenthal began his business in 1884 by purchasing white ware and applying...

Posted by on 20 March 2014 | 3:36 pm