Following an exceptionally mild March, my tuilps and daffodils outside are almost ready to bloom, but inside I have roses in full flower. Although they will never smell as rich and sweet as a real rose, the handpainted Mackintosh-style roses ringing this antique plate will also never wilt or wither.
Ain’t it purdy?
This was one of my recent Craigslist finds. The plate is handpainted and on the back is the signature of the painter along with the maker label “Gotham – Austria.” These marks don’t mean much to me but the plate seems authentic as a hand-detailed antique. The credentials aren’t that important to me, though– I just think the Mackintosh roses have great Arts & Crafts charm.
It would be expensive and impractical to fill my bungalow exclusively with period antiques, especially with two young boys and a puppy living here. Instead, I have tried to find a few key pieces of furniture and display objects to provide Arts & Crafts character. Then I fill in with other items that will be less bothered by crayon marks and dog slobber. I haven’t settled on a permanent location for this plate, but it looks great in a display stand on my buffet.
Do you use antiques to “season” your decor with vintage flavor? What is your favorite piece in your collection and how did you acquire it?