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Ways to Display Your Ceramics Collection

My last post was about decorative ways to display a collection. That included vintage teapots, cameras, and model trains, amongst other collectibles. The Welsh Dresser style hutch that I showed in that post is a classic way to display china and ceramics  – our antique buffets are great for this too! But today I’m sharing some other ways to display your ceramics collection.

Blue and white ceramics Delft

Blue and white ceramics, especially antique Delftware, always look fantastic grouped together. This photo from my earlier post about Blue and White Delftware proves it!  Remember that if you have three or more of any one type of item – or even three or more different objects in the same color – you immediately have a collection. Group them together for maximum impact.

This photo is also a good reminder to USE your ceramics collection whenever possible. Take your blue and white ginger jars and vases down off the shelf and flaunt them in a stunning table setting like this. Just add a few simple white flowers and wait for the admiring comments!

Usually you see blue and white vases and ginger jars displayed on a shelf or table, all on the same level. What I love about this photo is that the jars are clustered both on the console table and below it, creating more dimension in a double layer of visual interest.   The tasteful blue and white looks crisp and elegant against the mellow wood table and flooring.

Create a gallery display of your collection of plates to add a beautiful dash of color to a room.  This example blends traditional blue and white plates in all shapes and sizes with some punches of lively red. It’s the perfect combination for the rustic beachy feel of this space, or for a breezy maritime look in an ocean cottage. Before hammering any nails in the wall to hang plates in a gallery display, it’s best to get your layout arranged. Place the plates on a large table or on the floor for a test run!

Looking for a completely different way to display your collection of plates? The creative couple in this 1980s ranch style home used an antique picture frame to show off their plates. The picture frame is about four feet wide and the flourishing silhouette makes a focal point of the plates.  I think this display would look fabulous with our vintage teacup and spoon chandeliers!

To finish up this mini-series about displaying your collections, I’ll be back soon with a post about storing and displaying jewelry in creative ways to enhance your home decor.

If you’ve got any examples of great ways to display your ceramics, jewelry, or collections of anything else, send them my way! Tell us in the comments or on our EuroLux Home Facebook page!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Blue & White Delftware is Still a Delight!

Do you love how a large collection of blue and white pottery looks so pretty grouped together?  Me too.

I am just crazy for hand-painted Majolica ceramics, and I especially love Delftware, which is why we carry a large selection of Vintage and Antique Delftware at EuroLuxAntiques.com.  From Antique Blue Delft Tiles, to Vintage Blue Delft Transferware Plates, to truly unique Antique Hand-Painted Polychrome Ginger Jars like the pair below, you’ll find it all at EuroLux Antiques.

A Bit of Delftware History

In case you aren’t aware of how Delftware came to be, it all started with the European craze for blue and white Chinese export porcelain back in the early 17th century.

Wealthy Europeans just couldn’t get enough of these striking pieces, so that when there was an interruption in the supply of goods from China due the fall of the Ming Dynasty, enterprising Dutch potters from a small town in Holland called Delft, stepped in to meet the market demand.  The Delft potters imitated the look of Chinese export porcelain by using the tin-glaze techniques used by the Italians to create Majolica, also called Faience.  Below is an example of a Vintage Hand-Painted Italian Majolica Charger.

Delftware was a huge success and by the 18th century, there were more than 30 companies creating high-quality pieces in Delft, Holland.  At first Dutch potters drew on Chinese designs for inspiration, like this Antique Hand-Painted Blue Delft Vase and the Antique Hand-Painted Polychrome Delft Charger below.

Introducing Dutch Designs

However, Dutch potters soon began to incorporate elements from European culture and decorative plates were made in great numbers featuring windmills, canal scenes with fishing boats, landscapes, seascapes, and scenes of people in daily life, like these Vintage Blue Delft Transferware Plates dating the the 1950s below.

Even famous works of art were copied on Delftware plates, like this Vintage Hand-Painted Blue Delft Charger featuring the famous Dutch Golden Age painter, Frans Hals’ The Laughing Cavalier.

The Many Colors of Polychrome Delft

When the flow of Chinese export porcelain resumed under the Qing Dynasty in 1685, the Chinese brought colored wares, such as pinks and greens.  Not to be outdone, the Dutch potters created Polychrome Delftware, using all the colors of the rainbow, including yellow, orange, green, purple, dark red, brown, and black, and created different shapes too, like the Antique Hand-Painted Polychrome Ginger Jar to the left below and the Vintage Hand-Painted Polychrome Knobbelvase to the right below.

Tastes Change, and Change Again

Despite the huge success of Delftware, tastes change as generations pass and by the end of the 18th century, the market for Delftware had eroded to the point that only one of the original Delft manufacturers remained in business: De Porcelyne Fles.  The factory was purchased by an enterprising man named Joost Thooft in 1876, which marks the advent of what is considered Modern Delftware.

Since that time, De Porcelyne Fles (often called Royal Delft and marked with a bottle as shown here) has become the most famous producer of the more than one hundred manufacturers of Modern Delftware, which is still created in England, Belgium, Germany, Japan, and the USA.

An excellent book that should be on the shelf of any Delftware collector is Discovering Dutch Delftware: Modern Delft and Makkum Pottery by Stephen J. Van Hook, which includes photographs of the marks for a large majority of Modern Delftware companies.

Wall Street Journal Approved

I was delighted to find a recent Wall Street Journal article called “Delight in Blue and White”, that states “old or new, Dutch Delftware can be an excellent value – and fun to hunt down,” and mentions that the popularity of Delftware is on the rise once again.

If you’re seeking to expand your collection, you can find Antique Hand-Painted Blue Delft Gingers Jars like the one on the left below, or Vintage Transferware Blue Delft Ginger Jars like the one on the right below at EuroLuxAntiques.com!

 

 

I thought I would also link you to the wonderful blogpost, 56 Reasons Why I Love Blue and White Jars by Tina at The Enchanted Home, which shows 56 different photos of how to incorporate blue and white Delftware into your home design!

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Aimee

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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Client Spotlight: Franklin, TN

Kimberly in Franklin, TN, just loves Blue Delft and we don’t blame her!  The larger the collection of Antique Blue Delft, the more beautiful and impressive it looks.  Kimberly mentioned that she has Antique Blue Delft in nearly every room in her home, and was thrilled to find a Vintage Blue Delft Chandelier at EuroLux Antiques to add to her ever-growing collection.

We love it when customers send us photos of their newly-purchased pieces in their homes and Kimberly was happy to comply!

Kimberly added her own unique touch by finding beautiful silk chandelier shades to match the Vintage Blue Delft Chandelier.  You can also see she has added shades to a pretty Rococo chandelier in the dining room to the left.

We can glimpse a few pieces of Kimberly’s wonderful blue and white collection, as there are two blue and white plates on the wall at the left of the photo, a soup tureen filled with flowers on the table in the dining room to the left, and a beautiful Antique Blue Delft Ginger Jar Vase on a marble-top cabinet in the hall to the right.

I personally love the antique burled walnut Secretary Bookcase that is visible in the corner of the dining room, directly under the Vintage Blue Delft Chandelier — what a stunning piece!  Thanks Kimberly, for sharing these photos of your lovely home for our EuroLux Antiques Blog readers!

And thank you for stopping by the EuroLux Antiques Blog.

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 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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