Thursday, June 21, 2012

50 shades of green

Queen's green or Princess green china

Nothing titillating here. I have been wondering why I have so much green china and just bought more. I don't like green all that much unless it is in plant form.
Several years ago I bought this Varages French Country set of plates at a yard sale. I was majorly into French country style at the time but it has a lot of green.
I haven't seen this since I packed it up 2 1/2 years ago for my kids when they move out
The reason is that I inherited all this china.
I love the Princess green formal china ( first photo) that my great-grandmother received for her 1920 wedding mostly because it is simple and because I already have it.

Metlox California Ivy

My grandmother used this more casual California Ivy pattern for both holidays and less formal family dinners. It has grown on me. Sorry, I love a silly pun.
I have her dinner and salad plates along with a few serving pieces. 
I recently saw some at my local Salvation Army store and though it was overpriced until I got home and checked out what was on eBay and realized that it is a mid-century collectible.
I search on eBay every so often just to see what is out there.

 Last week, I got these pieces for $40.. a steal!
I have a few of the platters but was thrilled to get the pitcher and that darling little divided dish in the center. I actually use the pieces that I have but never seem to have enough serving pieces.
Now I do even if it is green.

In my next life I think I want this...
Mottahedeh Tobacco Leaf
it makes me weak kneed. It might even work with the Princess Green china.
 I wouldn't kick this out of the dining room either.

Motttahedeh Red Dragon
Do you like your china? What pattern is it?


My Crafty Home Life said...

Oh my, that Tobacco Leaf is to die for. I also inherited some green china, and I love it. Although, I am guilty of not using it often.

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

The dragon china set definitely makes a statement! I like your green ivy china from your grandmother....lucky you!

teaorwine said...

I have my mother's Metlox Ivy as well and use it at my condo as a reminder of dinners when she was still with us. Very Mad Men and from the 40s! I even have the dishes which were to be inserted into a lazy susan! Sadly, the lazy susan is no longer around. Love the sturdiness associated with this set.

best, teaorwine

Anonymous said...

I like the Queen's green china because it is simple but I LOVE the Mottahedeh Tobacco Leaf pattern. I think the pattern is absolutely gorgeous!

I just gave my great-grandmother's china to my niece because she didn't have anything to remember her by. It was a gorgeous oriental pattern by Noritake in a white and black pattern trimmed in gold. It came with all the serving pieces.

Lenny Lianne said...

I just cannot see you using the Tobacco Leaf pattern: it's so BUSY and vivid. More MY style. You usually go for simple, classic styles.

Your mother