Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Teacup Tuesday and Love Letters

This is my first time participating in Teacup Tuesdays sponsored by Artful Affirmations(http://www.artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com), so I chose my absolute favorite teacup to show you. This teaset belonged to my grandmother and was left to me by my dear father. Aren't they so delicate and lovely? The little milk jug and sugar basin are so tiny, I just love them. They are from Royal Doulton and are very rare; I always look in antique shops for more pieces, but have struck out so far. The only ones I have been able to track down have been in Australia!

I also just have to share this wonderful book I got yesterday. By "Love Letters" I meant that I have really gotten into typography lately (lame pun, I know). I think it stems from my collecting antequarian books. My favorite period is the late 1800s-early 1900s. This book is from 1906.

This is the frontispiece. Look at how decorative and gorgeous it is! These days I think most publishers think it would be cost-prohibitive to pay an artist to create something so elaborate. Maybe that is one reason that vintage designs are so popular: people appreciate the time and effort that an actual person spent creating something lovely.

And here is one of the alphabets that I thought I would post for you to share. The German alphabets always seem to be very ornate! The book has a great variety of alphabets. They will be such fun to use in my collages!


  1. Jane, thank you for sharing the book pages. They're beautiful. I love old books too and am very, very fussy about which ones I buy. I'd have bought yours! ;-)
    Love the teacup. I've never seen one like it before.
    Happy painting!

  2. Wow, those are amazing cups. I have never seen them before. I just love the way they look. Thank you so much for being a part of Tea Cup Tuesday. I hope you will consider joining us again. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  3. Such a beautiful set. The teacup and milk jug and basin. How special!! I took a peek around your blog. I love what you are doing, besides tea I would love to invite you to my art blog too! I am going to follow you to see your creative adventures and maybe learn some things~ Thanks for sharing and glad to meet you! Have a creative and lovely week~
    All my best, Theresa
    tea at MsartistSewCrafty.blogspot
    art and giveaway at MsartistTheresaHuse.blogspot. Hope you can drop by~

  4. Gorgeous! Your grandmothers china is really special and I am sure rare. I have never seen anything like it.
    There is a place near me called "Replacements LTD" They might have them.
    Your decorative books are fab finds! I love those kinds of books as well.
    Thank you so much for sharing with us today.
    It has been nice to visit with you,

  5. I have never seen such a unique and pretty little set!! I can see why you treasure it. The books are quite fascinating!!! It surely would be fun to be able to make such nice letters!! (my tea is on my monkey blog ;-0)

  6. This is such an interesting and lovely set ! How wonderful for you that it was your grandmother's!!

  7. Lovely tea set, you are so blessed to have such a treasure from your grandmother.

  8. I know it's been a while since you wrote this post but I am grateful for it! You just helped me place the typography book that was in my great grandmother's trunk. :-) It has no front or back cover so your images above helped me out. Thanks again.