Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Reprise - Pink China

I want to than Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for featuring Linderhof today. I truly feel honored!

Since I am just home from K2 (as we call it at Linderhof -- my second knee replacement surgery) I am reposting an earlier post.

You all know that my passion is blue and white china but I also have a passion for Asian influenced pink floral china. It's amazing how many manufacturers produce similar patterns. And it is also amazing at how (like the blue transferware) that they all go well together.

You know how I love blue and white china and blue and white china abounds at Linderhof -- we use it for both company dinners as well as every day. My breakfast coffee is drunk from blue and white and my afternoon tea is poured from a wee blue and white pot.

But, I do have other china loves . . . Oriental china -- again in blue and white and the porcelain known as famille rose. Alas, I have no real pieces of famille rose at Linderhof, however . . .
I do have these --

It's by Spode and the pattern name is Famille Rose. I have six cups and saucers which I've had for a long long time. In the cupboard and almost forgotten until I did January cleaning this year. I moved them to the front of the cupboard so that they would not remain forgotten.

Also, there are six tea plates (or bread and butter plates). Bought on line after I rediscovered the cups and saucers and decided that I needed tea plates to go with!

It's a great tea cup and has such a pretty design in the bottom of the cup. When you finish your tea, the design makes you smile!

And I do love the pink flowers -- Oriental mums or poppies (you decide) -- and the other flowers as well. And it has some of my beloved blue in the design.

A salad plate -- it's by Crown Staffordshire and called Rock Bird. The same pink flower -- enhanced by a bird. These six salad plates and a platter were an Estate Sale find last summer. I was drawn to them by both the design and the price (a really good buy!).

When I rediscovered the tea cups and saucers, I thought that these might make a good mix for the Spode.
And then I found the Wedgwood. Again, a set of six. This pattern is cuckoo and it is the same Famille Rose type design with the poppy, some blue and like the salad, a bird. It's fine china and Wedgwood is so special.

I like to mix and match and these three patterns seem to go together very well.
It sets a very pretty tea table (the Spode cups and plates for tea -- the Wedgwood on the curate for tea goodies)
And the Rock Bird for salad plates with the Wedgwood cuckoo underneath waiting for the main course at a dinner party.

Alas, I yearn for a teapot in the Wedgwood Cuckoo pattern. Replacements HAD one listed but when I ordered it, they found that it was not in stock (sigh). I'm still yearning for one and am constantly searching ebay for this elusive and coveted teapot.

It's Saturday which means that Beverly is hosting Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound. Join her and see what other pinks there are this Saturday.

We also must remember that today is 9/11 -- and remember to include the victims and heroes of this historic day in our prayers today. Husband Jim is singing the National Anthem at a function at noon today in remembrance of 9/11.


Anonymous said...

Happy Pink Saturday

Allie and Pattie said...

A gorgeous table as always Martha. Hoping you're feeling well and are on the way to full recovery!
xoxo Pattie

Sherry from Alabama said...

Such a beautiful post for Pink Saturday. Congratulations on being featured this week.

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

Linda M. said...

Hello Martha,

Nice to meet you. Happy Pink Saturday. I love the china, beautiful settings. Hope you get well quickly.

On Crooked Creek said...

So much to be thankful for in these trying days! For rememberance of those victims and families of 9/11, we all say "thank you"! Our prayers fo out to these and will be forever in our thoughts and prayers!
A simple "get well" to you, dear blog friend!

D.B. said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery! The dishes are beautiful. Singing the National Anthem on this day, sounds like you and husband Jim have both been bestowed with honors today!

Unknown said...

Is a gorgeous tea set!

Happy Pink Saturday!

From the Kitchen said...

I'm glad that your second surgery is behind you and you are recuperating. And enjoying, I'm sure, having your girl around while you mend.


Mary Bergfeld said...

Your pinks are as pretty as your blues, Martha. I hope K2 has begun the healing process and you are not uncomfortable. Have a good day. Blessings...Mary

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful collection of china! Here's to a speedy pink recovery, take care of yourself! Marcia

Southerncook said...

Your repost was beautiful and I had not ever seen it. Love all the china and I agree, they do mix well together. Saw your post on the board (right after I emailed you) concerning my dinner group. I posted on my blog some different and better pics.


Betty said...

What beautiful china! I hope your recovery is quick. Have a wonderful Pink Saturday today!

Grace said...

What a lovely Pink SAturday post! Enjoy your weekend Grace xoxo

Pondside said...

I love this china - and I hope you're being pampered and served on your very favorite china as you recuperate. You are a trouper!!

Jeanne said...

Hello Martha, I too have had both knees replaced. I feel for what you are going through. A long and painful recovery. The therapy is so important. I have never been sorry that I decided to have them done. The one thing I miss is less range of motion. I don't miss how much pain I had, just to walk and climb stairs before surgery. I can do everything except get down on the floor. It is too hard to get back up. HA!

Your post is lovely and the dishes are beautiful. I love your romantic love of flowers on china with lace and pretty table settings. I am old fashioned and love vintage everything.

Blessings and prayers go out to you for a good recovery.
Hugs, Jeanne

Unknown said...

Beautiful post and hope your knee replacement is doing well, Happy Pink Saturday to you!

Annesphamily said...

Gorgeous! I am glad I stopped by. Happy Pink Saturday! Anne

Beverly said...

Happy Belated Pink Saturday, Martha. I hope you enjoyed being one of the featured bloggers. Thank you for always making Pink Saturday special.

These patterns are exquisite. I love china that has birds.

I hope your recuperation period is looking positive.