I have been a collector since I was a child, when my first collections were interesting shaped rocks, pretty feathers, and foreign stamps.
Of course, as I grew into adulthood, my collections evolved as my interests changed.
Sometimes I will collect certain pieces for a long time, and then my tastes might change, or I will see something that piques my interest, and a new collection will be born.
Such is the case with my latest obsession for purple transferware.
For several years, I have collected white English ironstone. My love for white ironstone began when I was given an old sauce tureen with underplate that once belonged to my grandmother. I collected it here and there, slowly adding to my collection, and now I have an entire china cabinet filled, as well as large displays on open shelving in the kitchen. I love the visual impact of all the white dishes when displayed together, but I’ve been thinking about adding a bit of color.
For years, I’ve been smitten with English transferware, in it’s myriad of beautiful colors, but none have ever piqued my interest enough to start collecting it…..until now.
A sweet blog friend of mine, Amy of the fabulous blog Maison Decor, has a stunning collection of purple transferware, and every time Amy would post photos of these amazing dishes, I would drool over how pretty they were. (I’m blaming this obsession on you, Amy!)
I kept thinking to myself that if I were to ever start collecting any of the English transferware, the purple would definitely be my choice.
Each time we would go antiquing, I would always keep an eye out for these gorgeous lavender dishes, but I never saw any.
Apparently this particular transferware color is very hard to find in my area.
A few months ago, while attending an auction, I was so excited to see that there were a couple of purple transferware pieces coming up for bid, and I decided that I was going to try and win them.
I was quite pleased when they went for a reasonable price and I ended up being the winning bidder!
One of the pieces that I was able to acquire is this lovely antique teapot.
It’s not in the best shape and shows much of it’s century old age, but for me, it doesn’t detract, only adds to it’s story, especially since it will be used for display only.
The interesting hallmarks on these old pieces always fascinate me, and makes perfect starting point to research the history on the different patterns.
At the same auction, I was able to win this beautiful vegetable bowl as well. And just like that, my collection of purple transferware had begun!
As I was bidding on these pieces, hubby looked at me and said, “Why are you bidding on those dishes?”.
“I’m collecting it””, I said.
“You are? Since when?”
I think there was an eyeroll in his response, but I’m not sure…….I was too busy bidding!
I’m in love with this pastoral scene with the cows…..hmm…maybe I can find some pieces with sheep in them!
A few weeks after the auction, we were in Florida to see my son and we were out hitting the local antique shops when I ran across these two sweet little bowls.
They are such an unusual shape and I love that they are so old with wonderful crazing on the surface. They were only $8.00 each, which was a great price!
They also have a cute scene with cows!
I’ve since added a few more pieces, a couple of small salad plates, and two more bowls.
I’m finding that purple transferware is very hard to find in my area, and when I do find it, the prices are insane. So it may be awhile before I have a cabinet full of these purple beauties.
However, I’ve found a fabulous online shop, Nancy’s Daily Dish, that sells the largest collection of English transferware that I’ve ever seen, so my wallet may be in trouble!
As the old saying goes, part of the joy of collecting is the hunt!
Are you a collector? What’s your favorite thing to collect?
On a personal note: We’re still working on the living room and study renovations. I’ll be posting a progress post on the living room soon. I haven’t shown any updates on the study because I don’t want to give away one of the big changes in there. Things have been a bit hectic around here at the moment, so we aren’t progressing as fast as I would like. I know many of you are anxious to see the changes in the study, and I hope you will be patient a bit longer!
My son that lives in Florida recently accepted a new job, moving farther South, closer to the Miami area, so we are dog sitting our 95 lb grand dog for the next couple of months until he gets transitioned to his new home. We drove to Central Florida to pick up Zoe and bring her back home with us and RubyLou has been thrilled to have someone to play with. This unexpected trip put a stop to the renovations for a week, and since being back, it’s taken another week to get caught up and back into a routine, so I’m hoping to get more work done in the study this weekend. It’s so close to being finished, I just have to find the time to pull it all together.
Again, I want to thank you for all of the comments, thoughts, and prayers for my sister and our family. I can’t tell you how much that means to all of us. As we navigate this difficult time, we are spending as much time as possible with her, telling stories, reminiscing about the past, sharing laughter, and loving her as much as we can. Hospice has been a wonderful support system during this time. Please keep the prayers coming, we are so incredibly grateful for them.