ODDBALLS: PLATES AND DISHES

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: April 23, 2017


Last week during the “Pease” section of the black & white challenge, I got into plates. Antique plates from Japan and China. Decorative plates from Maine and locally. So this week, we have PLATES.

Holiday plates

Qing dish, early 19th century

1800s Japanese porcelain plate

Famille Rose plate, mid 19th century

Modern plates from Maine (note the blueberries) and Mexico

Modern Chinese porcelain

13 thoughts on “ODDBALLS: PLATES AND DISHES

    • I do actually use some of it, though not to eat. Not the really old stuff. But the little Qing plate is one of three and I use them to hold my rings and earrings when I take them off in bed. I have a thousand year old small bowl I use in the bathroom for jewelry too. I guess I feel if it has lasted THIS long, what harm can a few pieces of jewelry in it do to it? The only pieces that were broken were when a shelf fell from the wall and several really lovely pieces were shattered. That was bad.

      I don’t store any fragile stuff on wall shelves any more. I keep them on surfaces that can’t fall.

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        • I have a couple that are close to 3000 years old. Most of them were originally buried or in the bottom of sunken ships and were pulled out of the mud and water virtually pristine. Porcelain is really STRONG. Yes, it can shatter, but not easily.

          I gave a bunch of this to Cherrie and Ron when I was trying to transfer some of my pieces to people who would treasure them. It wasn’t about money but about preserving them. There isn’t much left. I hear that the Chinese government is finally beginning to care for the old stuff, but they used to dig up these old storage units that contained thousands of Han pots and crush them for road surfacing. Those of us who could, bought whatever we could find, whether it had paperwork or not, just to keep them from turning into asphalt. If you want to take some home with you if you are in the area, I can work that out! My goal is to spread out the collection and know that it will be taken care of by people with a sensitivity to how important this physical history IS.

          Those pots to me are art, but more, they are history I can hold in my hand. I look at it and try to imagine how many people have held it through its years on earth. Where has it been kept? Whose cupboard? Did it store ginger or grain or rice? I get all shivery thinking about it.

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  1. Okay, so much for dishes. I love the way you framed out the teepee pic. Is that in B/W? Sepia? Hard to tell from the photo, but I LOVE it. The dishes are lovely, but that’s what caught my eye. 🙂

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    • That was one of my early attempts at making a picture “painterly.” It was almost black and white anyway, with the naked trees and the snow. Winter here is monochrome from whenever the first snow falls to whenever it decides to melt.

      I don’t have that picture anymore. I lost a lot of early digital pictures following a crashed hard drive. I was lucky I made prints before that happened. I’m much better about backing up now than I was. Also, back up equipment is a lot BETTER than it was 15 years ago.

      All of this explains why we get so excited about seeing flowers bloom. Yellow and purple and lavender and scarlet! Not grey, beige, black, or white. Wow, everyone, come look! It’s color!

      We are so close to the full arrival of spring, it’s like holding your breath until the presents are opened on Christmas Eve 😀

      This area is the coldest, snowiest part of Massachusetts, so winter lasts a little bit longer here than elsewhere. It’s something about the valley and the winds that whistle through it. But now, I can see the headlights and I’m absolutely SURE it’s not an oncoming train.

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  2. There is something ever lasting about porcelain. We often take it for granted but it is an important part of our day when we eat from it three times a day. Someday they will find what we leave behind and wonder about us.
    Leslie

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