In addition to the sensory feelings of warmth and family that vintage china arouses, the china itself is unique created. The numerous hand-painted urns, scrolls, floral borders, elegant patterns and sometimes woodland features of true vintage china have been eradicated by modern mass marketing techniques. Looking closely at a piece of Spode, Minton, Dresden, Rosenthal, Limoges, Noritake, or my favorite, Meito (to mention only a few) reveal patterns and designs placed with careful, careful brushstrokes. Often, upon close inspection, we notice that the china border is also hand-painted. Again, in modern china manufacture, the thick 22 carat gold, silver, or platinum rims, distinctive markers of vintage china, have been omitted or compromised by mass production. Moreover, vintage china comes in distinctive shapes. During the 19th and early 20th century when most china imported to the United States was made in England, France, Germany or Japan, the china-makers created a variety of unusual shapes. My favorite are the square luncheon plates. I also love the scalloped and fluted-edged dinner plates and enjoy mixing numerous plate sizes and bowls to accommodate a menu that ranges literally from soup to nuts.
Another consideration in using vintage china are the vivid colors. From deep rich tones such as burgundy and cobalt blue to muted tones of pastel yellow, pink and green, vintage china creates a visual color palate to compliment any special occasion. Adding beautiful stemware in either a complimentary color or simply elegant silver or gold rimmed clear water or wine goblets serves to complete a tablescape developed uniquely for each event. From Bohemian Chic to Rustic Industrial, or Bold & Masculine to Simply Elegant, vintage china will take your special occasion table from the everyday to the exquisite. Call for an appointment today to meet with me at Cherry’s Very Vintage Rentals and together we will create elegance at your fingertips.