Tuesday, June 26, 2007

design aphrodisiac

aren't these simply lovely? can't you picture, a beach side, victorian home in say rhode island or new hampshire--1870s, sunday supper, gauzy curtains billowing into the room and a plate like one of these being placed in front of you. a small mound of shaved ice in the center, big yummy oysters ready to gulp.

the patrician aesthetic of these has always delighted me (yes, delighted i love old and staid) but what i'm really drawn to are the gorgeous glazes and intricate 3 dimensional designs. they were originally used in wealthy homes of the victorian era. meals consisted of 8 and 10 courses. special utensils and dishes were part of the theater.but once, WWI broke out, frivolities such as these were packed away or put up in a break front for show. my little beach bungalow, filled with kids, dogs and an errant flip-flop would be such a great place for something like this. it's not staid, and it's not grand but that's exactly what i love, mixing it all up. bringing the past into the present...delightfully!


katiedid said...

Can't claim to be able to actually eat an oyster...oyster crackers is as close as I get. But these are really beautiful...like jewelry!

beachbungalow8 said...

oh...i know. i think you will be in the majority with that comment. i can't even eat yogurt because it's too slimy. but i love an oyster. go figure!

Sparkie said...

Love oyster plates. My mother collects them and when I was recently east (Mass.), I was admiring a couple she had displayed on the wall of the kitchen. You could have knocked me over with a feather when she said that they go for upwards of $1,000. The nicer ones. A piece. You may want to rethink mixing them up with the errant flip flops etc. but I totally "get" them and the more sort of seaweedy-realistic, the better.

beachbungalow8 said...

oh no. i'm WELL aware of their monetary value. but that's how i like it. i actually, live with my expensive stuff, cluttered with the dumpster dives. sure, i cringe when a dog knocks into a china cabinet,or a smudgy finger print appears on an expensive painting.but, hey, you gotta live with what you love!

robyn said...

They're so artisitic, they look like flowers.

style court said...

yeah, these glazes are amazing :)

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