Wednesday, August 24

Majolica - Lettuce & Cabbage Ware

I've been trying to ignore the pull of Majolica, specifically Lettuce and Cabbage ware for a few years, because I have a somewhat obsessive personality (but you've probably already figured that out if you're a regular reader!), and I'll only become obsessed with collecting it.

Lettuce Ware - French For Pineapple Jug
Images: OKA
Old and new, I love it all. It's the fact that is practical, beautiful and FUN! It totally draws me in, and yes, I have failed. When my father-in-law asked me what I wanted for my birthday back in July, I immediately sent him a link to this fabulous Cabbage Jug from OKA, which I am now in possession of (I chose the white one), and I can feel a collection starting. Uh-oh. They also have some gorgeous Cabbage Plates that are really reasonably priced.

From Victorian Stoke-on-Trent, to 20th century Portugal via 1960's Palm Beach, it would seem that at some point, everyone was producing a version of lettuce or cabbage ware. It's come full circle now, with Bordallo Pinheiro still producing pieces some hundred years later, and Tory Burch collaborating with Dodi Thayer to release a stunning collection including cups and saucers and a tureen, which was quite the status symbol if you were hanging out in Palm Beach circa 1960.

Lettuce Ware - French For Pineapple Jug
Image: Tory Burch
I'm not going to go into the somewhat convoluted history here, because you know, I'm more about the pretty pictures and I'd only be regurgitating other peoples more informed articles. Here's an interesting blog to check out if you want to delve into the history and collecting of Majolica and Lettuce Ware, including what has ultimately led to the frankly divine Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch collection that I've been swooning over for a while.

The Bordallo Pinheiro collection, has a load of fun pieces too, also including tureens and serving platters. I don't even know what a tureen is, but I still want one!

Lettuce Ware - French For Pineapple Jug
Image: Bordallo Pinheiro at Liberty
For original pieces you can try ebay, but I have my heart set on some of the pieces from Tory Burch because I'm particularly fond of that shade of green, and of course I'm rather taken with the 1960's Balm Beach back story!

So what do you think? Are you a fan or avid collector, or is it just too kitsch for your liking? Me? I'm putting some pieces on my christmas list pronto.


Monday, August 22

Fab Five - Chopping Boards

I'm confused. What's the generic term for chopping / bread / cheese / serving / boards?  Is it just boards? Surely not. Whatever we call them, I don't have enough.

Lately I've been mentally filling the fictitious open shelves in my kitchen. I've talked a good fight about them, but still not actually done anything about making them real. So for now they live only in my over-active imagination.

Nice boards is something that would be on them. The open shelves that is. And this much is true: you do need different boards for different things. Yes, see above - chopping (meat/veg), bread, cheese and serving.

I definitely don't have any that just look pretty. Certainly nothing that I would serve cheese on to guests at a dinner party. I have a breadboard for um, bread. Another two smaller wooden ones that are both actually a too small to be particularly useful, and two plastic ones used for chopping non bread kind of stuff. See? Not enough.

And now I feel I've also publicly shamed myself with my lack of board prowess. My board collection is clearly seriously lacking and inadequate. And does anyone other than me actually have plastic chopping boards these days? Surely we should all be using beautiful marble boards for everything. I need to bin the plastic, don't I?

These would fix my board woes. I'll have one of each please...

French For Pineapple Blog - Fab Five Chopping Boards

1. Marble and Wood Chopping Board - Sainsbury's (available from early September)
2. Brass Inlay Marble Cheeseboard - Anthropologie
3. Nosh Large Oak Paddleboard - Prep* at Trouva
4. Terrazzo Cutting Board with Leather Strap - Amara
5. Agra Marble and Wood Chopping Board - Habitat

*Prep is my local independant cookshop and it's, FAB! Check out a selection of their stock at Trouva, or if you're in N16, make sure you pop in to the shop. 106 Stoke Newington Church Street.

Oh, and did I mention I need votes for to get the shortlist of the Interior Blog Awards? I'll love you forever...


Friday, August 19

Fantasy House Friday! [Jonathan Adler]

So, what is my fantasy house missing?

Vessels. Big, over the top, show-off vases that probably won't get used as vases because they actually look better as they are.

How I've neglected to pop a few pieces from Jonathan Adler into the fantasy house, I do not know.

We're fixing that today by adding the Luciana Vase into the mix. Isn't she a beauty?

My daughter would be appalled, and my son would ask SO many questions. Why does she have so many boops (yes, boops!) Mummy? Where's her head Mummy? Why is that her name mummy? And so on.

It'd be worth it though, because she's a keeper! I love the unglazed milky white matt porcelain. She'd look great on the fantasy dining table.

French For Pineapple Blog - Fantasy House Friday - Jonathan Adler Luciana Vase
Image: Jonathan Adler

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