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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Famille Rose Chinese Celadon Plates

I was drawn to these plates simply for the color and beautiful artistry after first seeing them at an antiques fair.  I began to look for them each time there was an opportunity.  Several years ago during the fall, my husband and I attended an antiques show and purchased one large, two medium, and two small plates from an English dealer.  We were so fortunate that day, because not only were we able to purchase these plates at very reasonable prices, but they were void of chips and the overall condition was excellent.  In addition, he took a few moments to give us a brief history:

The celadon plates were made only in the 19th century.  They are hand painted using a raised enamel technique.  Along with the rose details, butterflies and the bird of paradise are prominent features.  The plates also have gilding around the edge.  The dark blue Chinese signature on the back makes them more desirable to some.

Later, I came across this absolutely stunning collection of celadon plates in the November 2004 issue of Country Home magazine.  The homeowner is an antiques dealer!!!  Not only was I still (and continue to be) on the hunt for more small plates, originally I had no idea there were so many other interesting sizes and shapes.  Occasionally, I will come across one on ebay, but still prefer to see them in person.  Hopefully,  one day, I will be able to add some of these beauties to my tiny collection. Then maybe, I too could create a more interesting arrangement!


  1. oh dear, had I known, I would gladly send you a bowl - that someone had no longer needed. I love it as a collection. Now I will be on the lookout for you.
    Love those square shaped dishes and the balance of the layout on that wall.

  2. Gorgeous plates! Keep looking for more~ They look gorgeous en masse!

  3. Stunning I love to use plates on the wall, but you have taken it go a whole new level and everything is just beautiful I love the table and the entire vignette. I would love to follow your blog, but I do not see a place to click and follow. I do hope you will set that gadget up on your blog. Hugs, Marty

  4. Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your visit. To add the "follower" button just click on layout, then on the right had side you will see gadget. Click on that and a menu will come up. Click on the one that says followers and fill out any questions if it asks any and then hit save and you are in business. That's all there is to it. Hugs, Marty

  5. Just found your blog through Things that Inspire, loving it. I'm a fairly new blogger myself. All the best to you.

  6. Those plates are beautiful, as is the whole vignette! I'd love to know about the beautiful table (specifically, I want it!), but I bet it's old. And the lamp?

    Looking forward to reading your blog.

  7. Beautiful !!! 5* thanks for stopping by and the little tidbits you said about L.L. Love her!

  8. Thank you everyone who took a moment to comment!

    Kerry, the lamp is the Trenton lamp from Restoration Hardware. I've had it for several years, but they may still carry some of the line. The table is old, you may have noticed the top is not original. It doesn't have the same little curves in the corners as the middle and bottom shelves. I bought it from a local dealer a year or so ago. Fell in love with the acanthus leaf detail :) But be on the lookout, as I have seen similar styles.

    Room Service, so glad we have our love of design and the lovely L.L. in common! :)

  9. One last mention...A very special thanks to Holly over at Things That Inspire for including me in her Sunday January 24,2009 post "Inspiration New Blogs" showing one of the images above. If I had even the smallest hint about this, I would have taken a few extra minutes to do a "proper" styling! For those of you who liked it "as is" I am sending a heartfelt thanks your way!

  10. I love your collection, I have just two plates. that pictures is of Donna Brown's house in Houston. it's a townhouse and it is soooo fine. her kitchen is to die for!!!!!

    loved your comment about my husband, the poor dufus that he is! heheh!!! just kidding, of course. sort of.


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