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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

What's Red And White? Why, Wednesday, Of Course!

Old White Ironstone.
The Holy Grail of pottery.  I love it, and I bet you do, too.

I don't have what anyone could dignify with the name collection,
but I do have some neat old pieces, including three great big pitchers that I think of as . . .
Patty, Maxine, and Laverne.
These are Amazons, these gals, 12 inches or taller. All the other pitchers in That Old House are afraid of them.

Two were my Mom's, as she was loopy over ironstone and passed that on to me.
The tall svelte number on the left, with the interesting panelled sides, was a gift from my in-laws.
 Almost as good as white is red.

Hint:  Go to Macy's in the days after Christmas and you will find the most amazing bargains.
Really, go.  Bring your wallet.  Don't necessarily bring your husband unless he's the philosophical sort, like mine.

That's where I got this Fitz & Floyd tureen, and I hope my sister-in-law Doris doesn't read
the blog  because I got one for her, too, and now she knows I'm cheap.

Doris, it was hideously expensive, and Howard and I couldn't afford to eat meat for 3 weeks afterward.

At last year's Visiting Nurse's Association Sale, I picked up a 30-year old piece of ruby flash glass.
Shopping alert:  the Fall VNA Sale is the first weekend in October.
All the cool kids will be there.

Anyway, I loved this piece, but realized I wasn't using it.

So, I listed it on Etsy, and it now is living in splendor in the home of a ruby glass collector
who lives in Greece.  Yes, this compote has flown really far from the nest!

 I have to admit, I kind of miss it now it's gone.  But I picture it basking on a
rocky Mediterranean beach, sipping Ouzo and eating grapes, and I am satisfied that it has found its bliss.

She's got the most darling Grant Wood portrait of a young boy featured today.
Her old white enamel ware pitcher is full of her garden flowers!
I have an identical pitcher with a matching bowl, but they're rusting outside.  Oh dear.

Happy mid-week blogging to all -- Cass


  1. Hi Dear Cass! Oh, what lovelies you have! Your ironstone is so lovely! That tureen is gorgeous! I love it!! You do have the most wonderfulness of things! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. Dang.... I don't find wonderful finds like that at Macy's.... Love the tureen.

    Warm blessings,

  3. I think that I'd have had a hard time letting go of that piece of ruby is stunning!!
    Also, I have to agree with you about after Christmas and Macy's, wonderful deals to be found.
    The Tattered Tassel

  4. Oohhh, I'm drooling over the Ironstone. So pretty!!!

  5. Cass-I love your ironstone, but I an NUTS over the tureen! If your SIL feels guilty about depriving you and Howard, send it to me--I'll feel guilty and get over it :) I drool over a Herend tureen, but I'm afraid we couldn't eat for quite some time---and they never go on sale!

  6. Well, the "amazons" are certainly impressive! White ironstone is ageless. Then you show us the red and white tureen. I'm a bit jealous. Lucy sister-in-law!
    Cass, I love your sense of humor! ~ Sarah

  7. They are very pretty, Cass, so exquisite!..Christine

  8. I love pitchers! There is something about the shape that just sings to me! expect you'll be getting tired of Patty, Maxine, and LaVerne anytime soon? Be glad to take them off your hands!

  9. Oh, you are a woman after my own heart! Red is my all-time favorite color (just painted a dining room shelf in red) and I am in love with ironstone!

    So wonderful to see someone with similar tastes here in blogland, cause my family certainly doesn't share my obsessions, LOL!


  10. I love your pitchers -- there is something classic about white ironstone pitchers. And the tureen . . . . of course, you know I LOVE the tureen (it's full price sister resides at Linderhof!) Lucky you on your score!

  11. I love all your reds for today. They are very nice for you and others I do not cook or entertain that much to buy things like this.

  12. I'm usually not a big fan of red except at Christmas but I love your cut glass piece!

  13. Cass,
    Great ironstone. I picked up a couple of pieces this summer in Maine. I never get the deals you do, though!!!! Ruby glass is gorgeous and I am not even going to comment on the tureen!!!LOL


  14. I like your ironstone pitcher collection, but I love that you've named them! And that tureen is the prettiest I've ever seen. I think I'll take your advice and hit Macy's after the holidays. You're the second person to mention this, so it must be true!
    Happy REDnesday!

  15. This is a charming post, I love everything about it - especially the compote finding it's bliss in Greece! :)

    Happy Rednesday,

  16. Gorgeous those white pitchers!

  17. So elegant...thanks for sharing...blessings

  18. That Fitz & Floyd tureen is out of this world gorgeous. So vibrant in red. Thanks for stopping by-love finding new friends.

  19. I love your ironstone "girls"! I've named mine too! ;-) If you have a moment, I'm having a giveaway, so stop on by! oh, btw, I love your discription of your ruby compote living it up now in Greece!

  20. Once again, thanks for the giggles! You are truly a delight. **blows kisses** Deb

  21. Oh my goodness, these are gorgeous! The tureen is just perfect. Your sister-in-law, Doris, is very lucky. Your blog is lovely. I am definitely coming back. I'm off to read how you and your house met.

    Happy REDnesday!

  22. Love Patty, Maxine and Laverne! Although they really shouldn't lord it over the other pitchers in the house!
    Your reds and whites are wonderful today!

  23. Hi Cass! You are too funny and your posts are so cute to read! I love the red tureen and the white ironstone! Gorgeous!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comments on my bathroom and kitchen remodels! Come on by and visit again soon! Love your blog! :)

  24. Hi Cass--
    I always love to read your posts; you always make me laugh.
    I'm drooling over the white ironstone pitchers...I am dying..literally (ha!)for one! I've been trying to get one on eBay forever! The red and white soup tureen is gorgeous!

  25. That Ruby bowl is stunning and your tablescape is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing, Nan

  26. Just love that Tureen. I am drooling. Thanks for sharing all your reds.

  27. Loved this post! So hilarious! You're right, though, about Macy's incredible after-Christmas sales. What a find the tureens were! Lucky Doris!

  28. I have been wanting a compote like that one! I was thinking just clear glass, but now that I have seen your red and clear one, I will not be able to get it out of my mind. love the square pedastal on it as well.

    I live in a fairly new city (Las Vegas--where most houses were built in the last 30 years) and there aren't a lot of places to buy older pieces or antiques.

    You said you sold it through your etsy shop. I am new to your blog today and I looked all over; do you have a link to your etsy shop on your blog? That way, should you find one again to sell :), I can check it out!

    You have a beautiful blog.

    I could be wrong, but are you a Victoria magazine reader? I usually find those with romantic style are.

    Besides reading your blog, you've given me a lovely list of links to check out. Thanks!


  29. Oh wow...yeah that ironstone is simply divine!! I'm happy to be your newest follower of your sweet blog and I'd love to have you as a friend at FrouFrou Decor! I'd also like to invite you to link your creations up at my link party - Fabulous Friday Finds! Hope to see you there!
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrou Decor~


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