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VINTAGES - A Perfectly Mis-matched Life! by Maree  Clarkson

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Bridget Hall echoes my sentiments : ‘I love to find a great vintage secondhand shop.’

Main image : Vintage 1930’s Hand Painted Cups & Saucers with gold rim and filigree cut-out on saucers

After spending half my life being utterly miserable, worrying about chipping or breaking my perfectly matched dinner service sets and cups and saucers, and not being able to replace a broken item and then the WHOLE set is spoiled, I now live a perfectly happy miss-matched-life!

It all started with three of the most beautiful cups and saucers I had ever seen (above), from an antiques shop, and I just had to have them. Each one was different, yet they somehow went perfectly together. The saucers are delicately cut out After that, every time I saw a beautiful vintage cup and saucer, a dinner or side plate, I would buy it, and so built up a beautiful, totally miss-matched set of crockery, which I enjoy using tremendously.

A few of my vintage tea cups

The same goes for cutlery – as long as it is vintage, has a bone handle or some silver in it, it goes into the pool of daily living.

I’ve had some weird looks and comments at dinner parties, serving supper in these mis-matched dinner plates, but also some wonderful compliments, but it makes me happy – I’m no longer miserable about breaking or chipping anything! – a broken cup simply gets replaced with anther beautiful cup, fitting snugly into an odd saucer!

My favourite tea cup – Vintage cup and saucer with Violets

“Beware of anyone who says they are manufacturing antiques!” Ha ha!

  1. 18th October 2012 – FEATURED in Indoor – Your Living Spaces

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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  • shallay
    shallayover 3 years ago

    Well, you know there are so many beautiful cups in the world – why stick to one set?
    I think going mismatch is a marvellous idea! I love the 3 cups in the pic, but for me I think they would go straight behind glass and not be used at all! Much too nice to lose :)

  • Oh but you are so right! Why stick to just one set? But this set IS behind glass and not in every day use! Thanks for popping by!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • paulramnora
    paulramnoraover 3 years ago

    I LOVE the above photograph; it’s certainly the most beautiful cup/saucer sets I’ve ever seen; they look much more like being artworks; like a ‘master’ went and painted them. ;-)

  • I agree Paul, the artisans of yesteryear took much pride in their handicraft. I’m pleased you like them and thank you for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • paulramnora
    paulramnoraover 3 years ago

    I used to collect ‘plates’ from The Bradford Exchange; and, they were reproductions of master works; in particular, I recall collecting the work of American artist, Norman Rockwell. Recently, there was an Rockwell exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery which is nextdoor to where I live; I was amazed to see the artists work on flat canvas; as opposed to being on round plates! ;-)

  • that must’ve been some experience, actually seeing them at work Paul. One often wonders about the process….

    – Maree Clarkson

  • robynart
    robynartover 3 years ago

    So Beautiful!!!

  • Thank you Robyn!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • WoolleyWorld
    WoolleyWorldover 3 years ago

    These are real beauties Maree!…Ive got a bit of a passion for cups but more fifties in age.(I love spottys…)

  • It’s funny Maree, I don’t really like “flowery” things, but in cups it’s a must! Pleased you like these, thanks a lot!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • TokikoAnderson
    TokikoAndersonover 3 years ago

    Isn’t it antiques all about? They had to be imperfect because they has been used. Antiques are antique because of it’s intimacy and we human made them to use, caress, admire and feel their presence, just like loved one. what the point keep them in clost because afraid to break. We love antique because they live and has lived among us. No one cares about not matching as much as you then no one love them as much as you.
    I can feel your love in this image.

  • Aaah Tokiko, thank you for that! and I fully agree with you that they are made to be used! And another thing, i have no intention of leaving “my best” for the next wife….! Smile!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 3 years ago

    beautiful! great treasures:) you have..thanks for sharing them. nice sets.

  • It’s my pleasure LisaBeth, thank you for taking the time to have a look!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    I love this idea. Variety is the spice of life, they say. Still using my matched china (no chips!) from over 30 years ago, but I do enjoy picking up odd small plates for serving fruit or cookies.

  • Wow! An un-chipped set after 30 years! I’m sure that’s a record Dot! Glad you like it, thanks for the visit!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Heps
    Hepsover 3 years ago

    Oeeeee! Dit is pragtig!!!!!!

  • Dankie Taschja, ek’s baie erg oor hulle!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 3 years ago

    Wonderlikmooiverby! Geniet dit, die lewe is kort! …en tee is lekker! veral in sulke koppies… xxx

  • Dankie baie Liz, dis verbasend hoe anders die tee smaak in ’n mooi koppie, is dit nie?

    – Maree Clarkson

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