The Case of the Pink Tea Set

Let us avail ourselves of another glimpse into Poirot’s curio…


And what do we see? Ah, Hastings, that striking cacophony of color you observe before you, of which a deep rose is in the lead, is a gentle reminder of a perplexing puzzle I solved many years ago.
Unfortunately, confidentiality agreements being what they are, I cannot regale you with the tale. Instead, let us speak of the tea set


Note the intricate glaze design on the stone-heavy tray, with the clearly inscribed characters that only those fortunate enough to be able to read Chinese can decipher. (I am not one of those)


Also, this design and these characters are carried onto the strong teapot




And the delicately shaped yet exceedingly sturdy cups with their superfluous handles


All with the insignia on the bottom…


A tea set with a tale to tell, in care of Interior Images, Ltd.


Classic Blue and White for a Market Trendy Home

We have a few new accessories at Interior Images these days. And the most striking is this large, lidded urn from Chelsea House, along with two cobalt blue Badash creations.

The blue and white urn has a very stately turn to it, and is of impressive proportion.

And while not ‘food safe,’ it no doubt could have many homely uses. The price is presently $325.


The pitcher and bowl are of a striking, deep cobalt. Their clear pedestal feet do a subtle job of drawing one’s attention back to the blue. And that is as they should, for is that blue not one of the highlights of the season?! Note Tracy Bulla’s images collage in Home Accents Today on the matter….


To be caught up with this month’s trend make the price (bowl $65, pitcher $79) even more reasonable.

Wedding Breakfast



As I unpacked this Wawel set of Polish rose dishes and lovingly polished and placed each item in its display area, I conjured up in my mind’s eye just what would be the ideal purpose for these dishes. Scenes from Dickens novels, sunny mornings, early summers, and damask table cloths whirled about my head, finally condensing to show what was meant to be – a Wedding Breakfast.



20130409-180947.jpg The gold rimmed, pure white china accented with delicate sprigs of roses and other posy essentials would be synonymous with no other occasion. ~ The cup and saucer would look so charming being held by a recently ringed hand, and the coffee pot tended by one whose nuptials happened long ago. ~ There are two sets of sugar bowls and creamers to set one on each end of the large dining table, a table full of places set for friends and family dressed in their best, who have gathered at the bride’s family home. ~ There are plenty of dessert plates for Italian wedding cookies and of course the wedding cake itself, very important. ~ All, in short, is needed to make this mark of entry into conjugal bliss a memorable and lovely occasion for Bride, Groom, and guest.

20130409-181115.jpg The coffee cups come with two different sprigs on the inside.

Here is the official tally of what this set includes:
Soup bowls 16
Bread/dessert plates 24
Coffee pot 1
Creamer 2
Sugar bowl 2
Platter 2
Serving bowl 2
Dinner plates 14
Cups and saucers 14 each
That makes 14 complete settings of 5. So 70 pieces plus.

Also displayed in the Lexington “Camden Hall” china cabinet. Original cost over $3800; was $850; now $775.


From Germany, with Love


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This set of unique dishes would be perfect for a bird lover with a taste for china. Each of the 6 plates portray a different songbird along with some brightly colored flora to set off the feathered fauna. Though these were manufactured some time ago, the porcelain-white base, the foam-green edge, and the golden lace detail have a high luster and steady feel.


An interesting bit of trivia about these dishes – they are double stamped. The first (chronologically) label is in fine black script, for the most part illegible. However, one can discern that they were made in Germany. The second stamp, bolder in dark green with a more promonant logo, clearly says Western Germany. Intriguing.

20121218-175229.jpg The dishes are set on a consigned dining table with 6 chairs and additional leaf, $750.

20121218-190714.jpgThese European treasures are $25 each.



Badash Crystal and its Costars

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”

Finely made crystal is ever a thing of beauty. The sparkle of the Alice cut, the prismatic rainbows that spill from the light that goes through each wine glass and pitcher, give a very strong comment on the rich splendor of simplicity.

Crystal can accompany many styles in the china cabinet. This is demonstrated by showing it side by side with the modern Oneida platinum ‘Splendid’ line of china and a Tiffany Co. Silver salver, along with other traditional silver items.
All of this and more can be found in the little shop of Westover, Interior Images, Ltd.

The Oneida Splendid Platinum is a service for 12, a 65 piece set, for $69.

All items were displayed in a Lexington “Camden Hall” china cabinet for only $850. (original cost over $3800)

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