As some of you might already know, I am completely smitten by antique china and the exquisite table settings from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras. Can you imagine the dainty settings for tea and coffee, the tiny mocha and demitasse cups and saucers balanced on silver trays or lace covered tables? The color and depth of décor on many of the patterns I have seen are fun and beautifully hand painted or transfer decorated on to matching plates, vases, coffee pots, sugars and creamers.
I wanted to share with you one of my earliest favorites, a c.1895-1910 Foley China (England, later was Shelley China) set in the “Fairy” shaped cup in the Snowdrop pattern. What is so exceptional is that the saucer and plate echo the scalloped shape of the cup and are rimmed in gold, which really sets off the flow-blue colored decoration.
The little vase holding the pansies and violets is a tiny hand painted demitasse cup from Nymphenburg in Germany, c.1900.
But the best news is it isn’t too late to enjoy sharing the beauty of your vintage china with a friend. Pull them out of the closet and use them often to make even your casual coffee dates more special.