Plate in Bloom

by Josh on April 7, 2010 · 3 comments

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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.

Antique Arts & Crafts Plate

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.

Arts & Crafts Plate Detail

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?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

katie April 19, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Hi Josh! Thanks for the comments on the kitchen. The cabinet next to the fridge is a pantry cabinet- it has pull out baskets and shelves, and it’s all IKEA! The cabinets and sink are Ikea, the counters are from the reuse center down the street, cabinet pulls are from Anthropologie and Ace, and we left the floors as is. It was a relatively smooth process and we are SO glad to be done!


Sandy April 25, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Hi, Josh! Sorry I haven’t been by in awhile. I’ve fallen hard for Facebook. Sigh. The plate is just beautiful!


Dawn July 15, 2010 at 3:17 am

If you don’t mind me asking, are there any other marks on the plate, or can you provide the artists’ name? I’ve been scavenging antique shops and ebay for hand painted plates for my own plate rail and buffet, and would LOVE to find another one of these, if they at all exist! 🙂


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