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Old 10-17-2012, 03:27 AM   #1
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Default Photo Challenge #163 ~ Fine China {10/17/2012}

Bleah, I'm still getting over another bad cold. At least we had a long weekend away and I was able to rest a lot as well as taking time to enjoy the scenery - some to come for older challenges.

I don't know about you - I don't use china much. When it comes to tea and coffee I like a good big mug. But surely everybody has the odd bit of fine china - old or new - around the house?
For my photos here I just took what was to hand in the sitting room.
The teapot was acquired from an elderly family friend; her uncle was a ship's captain and had brought it back from the Far East. I've no idea how old it is. Sadly I broke one of the cups a couple of years ago, but it was never a complete set anyway.
The vase was a present for my 21st from friends who had just got back from teaching in Singapore for 3 years. It was beautifully packaged in a wooden box which I also still have.
The little cups are a recent acquisition from the Japanese Cultural Centre in Paris. We both love the gift shop there! I use these for little chocolate mousses, mostly.

I do have more to come later if I only make the time. What china do you have?


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Oh Sabrina,,,so sorry you have yet another cold.......get well quickly...

Had a great giggle at the new challenge....Fine China---what is that? I have NONE! Our March through October dishes are Corelle ware and on November 1--out comes the snowman stoneware-----and we eat on blue snowman dishes till March......
I love the vase in your middle photo...such interesting lines and delicate colors....
Will sit this challenge out....
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Do you have nothing, not even an ornament? As I said, we don't use it for eating off, not even the few bits I've inherited. I was sure everybody would have even just one piece, no matter what it was!
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Sabrina, I totally missed that you posted a challenge last week! Too busy getting ready for a swap meet in Rochester, I guess.
I do have some pieces of china and I know my SIL has some too. I will get busy and photograph them today. My son got most of my mom's china teacups, so I will get photos of those when I go to Texas in December too.
As for your china....I absolutely love that teapot! Love the little cups in the third photo too!
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Do you have nothing, not even an ornament? As I said, we don't use it for eating off, not even the few bits I've inherited. I was sure everybody would have even just one piece, no matter what it was!
Best I could find was a cut glass bowl that was my grandmothers.....will play with that.
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Best I could find was a cut glass bowl that was my grandmothers.....will play with that.
Well, glass is even more of a challenge to get a good photo of!! I'll look forward to seeing it. I'm sorry about that - when I'm trying to think of ideas I do try to make them accessible! I'd love to do one of chimneys, but I don't know how easy that would be for some people - armadillo, for example.
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I thought I had more china....well, I do have a couple of china mugs that I use on an almost daily basis for my tea, and I will post a photo later of one of those, but here is my one cup and saucer. Inherited from my mom. It was a cup and saucer she always served tea in to my husband. He hated that cup, and always commented on it on our way home from a visit. After she passed away, I though it would be a cool remembrance for John, who was by then my ex-husband. However, he didn't appreciate it at all, and a few years later my daughter took it back and gave it to me.
BTW speaking of armadillo, I haven't seen Audrey on the photo challenges lately. I wonder where she is??
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The relief on that dragon is amazing! I can see why your mother would have thought it was a man-style cup. It certainly has a story to tell.
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It has been a long, long time since I visited this forum. My daughter is the photographer in the family, but I do enjoy beautiful things and taking photos of them. Sabrina, your china is lovely. Ina, I love that dragon teacup and I'm glad your daughter got it back.

I have several teacups. My Mom used to collect them, and I collected a few myself. I have one large black teacup that I gave my Dad and inherited back after both parents had passed. I'll see what kind of photos I can take today.
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I don't know if anyone is watching this thread anymore, but I did take some photos of my "fine china" to post here.

The black cup & saucer is the set I gave my Dad 30+ years ago. He was the kind of guy who appreciated beautiful things. The back of the cup has a small set of horses.

The cup & saucer with African Violets and a butterfly-shaped handle was one of my Mom's. My parents had a wide variety of African Violet plants that they nurtured.

The 8 piece tea set is old, old, old! The lids are separate. I placed the pencil to show the size.

This was fun, and I'll try to check back once in awhile to see what else you are photographing.
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Val, there are still a few of us diehards that still keep up the photography threads, so welcome back! I love all your photos....love how you photographed them all with the lace background. Each one of your pictures is wonderful, and I love the history behind them. It's lovely to have keepsakes from parents and other ancestors! The black cup and saucer are my favourites!
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Thanks Ina. I probably should have mentioned that the big, round, lacy doily was crocheted by my Mom probably in the 1950s.
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I don't know if anyone is watching this thread anymore, but I did take some photos of my "fine china" to post here.

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I'm subscribed to get a daily update for the forum as a whole, so it's easy to see if there's a new thread and if an old one has been updated .

Thank you for sharing that lovely china with us, Val. The little set is so sweet - I'm glad you put the pencil in for scale or I'd never have guessed it was so small. The black one is really unusual! I think the violets are my favourite though. Not that I ever had much luck growing them, LOL - I think I probably over-watered them!
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Thanks Sabrina. I can't keep any kind of plant alive, so I never tried African violets, but I remember my parents going through a lot of trouble to keep theirs healthy - special lights, special food, etc.
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I have two African violets that I basically ignore. set them in a pan of water once every 7-10 days, and in light, not direct sun. They go through blooming periods and then time for foliage to grow. This week, our local grocery store had them on sale for 99 cents apiece so I bought three more...all of them with different colours........... ruffled petals, white with edging of pink and purple. They will need to be transplanted soon, as their pots are getting too small, and they are growing in peat moss and should get some actual potting soil.
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Wow! Haven't been here in a long, long time. Time to catch up. I have several sets of fine china that I have inherited. They are all matched sets. My daughter-in-law likes mixed sets & I couldn't picture it. But we were making quilled flowers and wanted to keep them separated so she pulled out a bunch of china plates she has collected over the years and we used them. I loved how they looked together. You can also see the quilled flowers on the plates.
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Wow PJill, what a lovely variety of china saucers! You also created a lot of quilled flowers! I was in a shop on Thursday evening (attached to the restaurant we ate in) and they had wonderful miniature china tea sets displayed, but alas I did not have my camera with me!
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Gosh, what a fabulous photo. The quilled flowers look fantastic spread out on the china like that. It looks like a fun project you are working on.
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Well, I finally got a chance to photograph the special china cups and saucers that my son inherited from my mother.
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Wow! Haven't been here in a long, long time. Time to catch up. I have several sets of fine china that I have inherited. They are all matched sets. My daughter-in-law likes mixed sets & I couldn't picture it. But we were making quilled flowers and wanted to keep them separated so she pulled out a bunch of china plates she has collected over the years and we used them. I loved how they looked together. You can also see the quilled flowers on the plates.
Obviously I haven't been here for ages either. I just saw your beautiful array of fine china and quilled flowers. The china is wonderful and it looks like you had done a whole lot of quilling. Fantastic!
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It must be nice to have a Canadian one! A link to their family history for your grandchildren. I just love the shape of the second one - very unusual.
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Actually, he has two of the Canadian cups and two of the second one also.
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I just found this thread on the forum. Photography is a huge passion of mine and I need to do more! I have some china to photograph, I will make some time this weekend. I will also do some digging back to see what some of the other challenges are!
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Welcome in, Terri!
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Welcome Terri. I will look forward to seeing your photos!
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Welcome Terri! I don't post often as my photography is more about having a record than being art. My daughter is the photographer in the family. I tell her that she has the 'eye.' I love seeing what others post and occasionally join in. Looking forward to seeing your photos.
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Thanks for the sweet welcome! I'm a big scrapbooked, so that tends to be my focus for photography but I have a great time focusing on random photo worthy fun too! I will check back in soon!
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