Good Morning from Dusty Old Thing! We hope that you're starting to see signs of Spring. With Spring comes more antique shows and more chances to get exploring old shops on country roads.
Here are the antiques we've selected to feature this morning. All come from readers' posts. They reflect the wide variety of antiques that are "out there". They are both a part of our past and, when we use them in decorating, a part of the future we design for ourselves and our families.
from Linda Mintner: "Some flow blue plates."
Linda's display is perfect and we'd like to thank her for sharing it. The plates look wonderful against the soft cream of the walls. Using blue and white porcelain, especially hand-painted Chinese pieces, for decoration was all the rage back in the Aesthetic period in England. Style-setters such as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and Oscar Wilde promoted its use. Wilde brought the trend to the US during his House Beautiful tour in 1882.
Flow Blue, of course, has an interesting history. It was first manufactured by the Staffordshire potters in England but there is contention as to the date and whether it was created by accident or design. It is a form of transferware in which the blue glaze had blurred, or "flowed" during the firing. It is probable that it was, at first, an accident with the cobalt oxide bleeding out from the tissue paper that held the inked pattern. Being very commercially minded, the potters shipped the seconds to the US where they became "hits". Several US potters saw the success and started making Flow Blue, too, although Staffordshire pieces remained more desirable. At first most the decoration was of Oriental motifs, but soon the English manufacturers began making pastoral scenes, floral designs, and commemorative pieces.
One of Dusty Old Thing's favorite designs in Flow Blue is the "Landing of Gen. LaFayette at Castle Garden in New York, 16 August, 1824" by James & Ralph Clews, England. Pieces of it are in various museums and sometimes come up for auction.
from Kate Brazell: "Here's an old rope bed with an antique baby chair sitting in front of it. This is located in what they called "the boys room". Probably because there were 5 boys and 2 girls, and my Great grandmother. My Great Grandfather was killed in WWI at a young age."
Kate posted several photos showing items related to her Great-Great-Great-Great Grandfather who moved from North Carolina to the "Great Ogeechee River" area in Scarborough, Georgia. This wonderful photo shows shows so many of the typical building features of homes, especially in rural areas, in that part of the country: the pine plank flooring, the use of wood walls and shutters to filter the sun. It made for a cooler room. The bed, with its pencil four posts, is a true classic. It was simple, yet refined at the same time. At one time it might have had simple finials and may have supported a simple frame for a canopy or netting. The quilt goes perfectly with the bed. The high chair looks to be circa 1990-1910.
Thank you, Kate, for showing us your family place. The only thing we don't get are the dangerous-looking things over the bed!
from Matthew Valdez: "My Grandmother's old wood cook stove."
We'd like to thank Matthew for sharing this wonderful photo with us all here at Dusty. With the sun coming in on the stove, it seems to suspend time.