Monday, October 22, 2018

Blue and Whites

Several pieces of blue delft pottery; candle holders, an egg cup, a trinket box, salt and pepper, and a windmill.
When I was growing up, my aunt's kitchen always caught my interest. She was a very big fan of Blue Delft, particularly anything in blue and white with a dutch theme. Her dinnerware wasn't Delft, but her kitchen accessories were blue and white, and her kitchen cupboards and furniture were white, but the curtains in her windows had blue and white curtains in a fabric that looked like tiles, with a Dutch girl and boy, and windmills.

And so did the floor ... she had bought these tremendously expensive Delft floor tiles and with a top finish on them was so shiny that it looked that a poured resin top. They were slippery as heck, and you could slide around in your sock feet as if you were on a skating rink.

A small blue delft jug with a windmill design.She had large stoneware bottles, and mugs, and jugs in blue and White Delft, and some china jugs (Staffordshire) with blue and white patterns on them. She had other pieces of china and accessories that were Blue Willow, and plates ... oh goodness, many plates of Delft with Dutch scenes on them that hung on the walls. The colonial style lamp that hung over the round, white kitchen table (also colonial) had a fabric shade that was custom made for her to match her curtains.

I always found it somehow "fresh" ... the look of all that blue and white made it seem like a sunny day, even when it wasn't. That blue and white took hold of me, all the way back then and when I got married and had my own place, I used the think my kitchen just didn't look like a kitchen ... not until I started on the blue and white trail too.

My kitchen wasn't Delft - I had a few pieces, very few, in Delft that my aunt had given me, but mine was primarily Blue Willow. I loved it for many years, but eventually decided to give our kitchen a slightly more modern look in earthy tones. I love the new kitchen too, but the blue and white (though nearly all gone now) will always hold a fond place in my heart.

All because of my aunt.

A Blue Willow plate divided with three separate sections.
Divided Plate
Two Blue Willow china teach cups, with a very fine china demi-tasse cup.
Thin china Blue Willow Cups from Japan
A small 1-cup tea pot and stacking cream and sugar with a blue willow pattern.
Blue Willow Tea Set

A small Blue Willow oil lamp with round base and tall narrow chimney.
Blue Willow Oil Lamp
A few plates in Delft showing Dutch scenes, including a wooden shoe maker.
Blue Delft Decorative Plates

Coloured Delft coasters (ceramic) with cute Dutch boys and girls, and fluted coasters in blue and white with windmills.
Coloured Delft Coasters
Kitchen canisters with a blue and white pattern of two dancing Dutch girls and a windmill.
Delft Style Canisters

Two very large blue and white plates with an old man and and old woman.
The old man and old lady plates were very large and heavy plates.

A Japanese teapot in blue and white design with horses and riders, and a wire handle.
Japanese Teapot
Two large Delft stoneware jugs with Dutch scenes in blue and white, and corked tops.
Delft Stoneware Jugs

A very tall blue and waterjug from Capodimonte.
Blue and White Capodimonte Water Jug

An old kitchen cupboard with Hoosier Top displaying a collection of Blue Willow china.
Kitchen cupboard with Blue Willow China

Have a good week peeps. Go blog!