I have a passion for blue and white, a color combination that brings excitement to any room. I especially love blue and white china. My grandmother Norton had a beautiful oval Blue Willow vegetable dish that was present at every meal; she always served her prized peas and beans in it.
I was the lucky one in the family to inherit her treasured bowl, and today it is displayed in my kitchen where I love seeing the tiny cracks that indicate it was worn from serving endless food to our family. The bowl represents happy times around the table. It was the first blue and white piece I owned and it inspired me to start my own collection.
Every spring, our staff puts the finishing touches on Victoria magazine’s blue and white issue. As I look through the countless photos of collections around the world, I realize there are many women out there who share my passion.
One of my favorite patterns is Blue Calico by Staffordshire. I was in college when I found this delightful pattern at a local antique store. Although the pieces were new, imported from England, I knew I had to have them. The proprietor was kind enough to allow me to make installment payments until I had paid for eight place settings. I was the happiest girl in the world when I brought my treasures home. I carefully packed the set to keep until I had my own home.
I am still thrilled to set my table with the Blue Calico. I have several other blue and white patterns in my cabinet, (which shocks no one who loves blue and white), and use them individually or mixed. I mix in antique patterns as well.
If you are thinking about collecting blue and white, consider starting with a beautiful old platter. Find one that you dearly love and display it on an easel or use it as a serving piece. Little by little, you will find wonderful pieces to add to your collection. Then before long, your china cabinet will be overflowing and you will have a handsome collection.