I am somewhat chagrined that it has been more than a week since I last published one of my saucer scribbles, and—for that matter—more than a week since I last posted anything. That's because I have been rather over-scheduled and over-committed these past several weeks. Fortunately it has all been good stuff, but I'm afraid that even a good thing, if delivered in too great quantities, can be, well, too much. I'm not complaining, mind you, I'm explaining.
Back to the subject at hand: Saucer of the Week. Well, not a saucer this week, actually, but rather a stand. Today's featured plate is an exceptionally pretty and unusually decorated oval rimmed stand that was originally made to hold another vessel, such as a teapot or a small sauce tureen. Whatever it once held has long since parted ways.
But what remains is lovely indeed. The stand is English, circa 1820. It is decorated with magenta bell flowers and frothy seaweed-like vegetation. I haven't a clue what type of plant the decoration is supposed to suggest. I would appreciate your thoughts, Dear Reader, if you know what it might be. The plate measures 6 ¾ inches by 5 ³⁄₈ inches and is unmarked.
The stand was a birthday gift to me earlier this month from Boy, who found it at Bardith, Ltd.'s tiny jewel of a shop on upper Madison Avenue. When he was there Boy mentioned to the ladies who run the place that the plate he was buying would quite possibly be the subject of a post in my continuing series on saucers. Apparently the good ladies of Bardith weren't interested in that bit of news in the slightest.
photograph by Boy Fenwick