Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Longwy.



I used to buy a lot more plates than I do nowadays; I've had my wings clipped!

Many have never been used (by us); the above being one such case.

I have 8 of these soup bowls, and they live amongst many others in a dark cupboard, never seeing the light of day.

They were made by Longwy, in Lorraine; up by the Belgian/Luxembourg borders. I think the factory may now have closed.  

The hand-painted pattern (which is called 'Caprice') is very 1930's, and its simplicity reminds me of Clarice Cliff.

I suppose we ought to use them; at least once.



30 comments:

  1. They would be lovely with the batch of vegie soup I have on the stove at the moment.

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    1. We're just quitting our soup season, so they may have to wait until Autumn.

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  2. As we get older we realize how little we really need, but the plates are beautiful.

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    1. How very true Yael. I think that can be said of almost everything.

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  3. I bought two hand made ceramic bowls from a one man pottery on top of a mountain pass one time when I went to the Alps to see the Tour de France. It was in the days when Lance Armstrong was all the rage. We use one for keeping garlic cloves in and the other usually has a few nuts in it. They're for for soup really. I prefer the deep soup bowls as they it hot longer.

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    1. I love those one-man-band potteries. I always try to buy something; even if I don't need it.

      I think it was silly that Armstrong was deprived of all his wins. EVERYONE took some form of dope in those days; you still had to do the cycling!

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  4. I would keep them as they are lovely but I would also use them. Soup season will be round again and no doubt very quickly! Hope all goes well with Haddocks I am dithering about starting to plant out my veggies due to the vagaries of our weather. How's Billy?

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    1. I have only just started planting out; I think our frosts are over, it's been very mild.

      Billy is growing fast, and is quickly becoming a dog rather than a puppy. He has a lot to learn, but is a really lovely boy.

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  5. This post took me back a bit. When I left school my first job was in Hanningtons china department, you will remember that shop no doubt. Sadly missed.
    Briony
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    1. A Brighton institution. We were all very sad when it closed. I expect Debenhams in Churchill Square will soon go too.

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  6. It does seem a shame to keep them hidden away and not be seen, even if you don't use them on a regular basis.

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    1. They're not that nice; I don't know why I bought them.

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  7. Years ago, 'plate' would apply to all silverware - including solid. I don't know what they used to call the ceramic versions.

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    1. Possibly 'dishes', or even 'tableware'; although that sounds too sophisticated.

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    2. Wasn't the expression 'a dish of Tea' widely used in the past?

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    3. Only by the lower orders.

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  8. You know about Clarice Cliff. I love here work.

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    1. 'Caprice' and 'Clarice' are too similar to be coincidence. I suspect some spying. But which came first? I expect Clarice did!

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  10. They are very pretty. I'm getting lazy and only use stuff I can put in the dishwasher these days.

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    1. We've found that certain types of pottery loose their shine after having been through the machine over a long period.

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  11. I've collected a few lovely plates from vide-greniers and really like mismatched plates anyway. A neighbour and I set up a monthly board game evening in our homes so I make sure to get my vide-grenier stuff out for that (we all bring WAY too much food of course). Still, unless 60 people turn up next time I'm NEVER going to use it all. Silly really but it is a weakness of mine - well that and books!

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    1. I have well over 100 plates here. I was quite obsessed for a while (ahem)! There are not many amongst them that I would get rid of.

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  12. I collect armnt deco crockery
    I would be proud to have this pattern

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    1. A pity we're not closer; I'd let you have them.

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  13. My mother had a crockery cupboard stacked full much of which rarely ever saw the light of day. She used to go to auctions and buy more than we ever needed and then it just got put in the cupboard. I needn't have ever bought a thing, could have just got it out of her cupboard. I think as time went on she forgot it was there. It was silly not to have used it. I make a point of using everything, whatever it is, good, bad or otherwise and it all goes through the dishwasher.

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    1. I do like to use everything; especially antiques. But I suppose that I simply have too much. I'm a bit like your Mum (and my own).

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  14. شركة تنظيف منازل بالخبر

    شركة تنظيف منازل بالخبر شركة المثالية هي افضل شركة تنظيف بالخبر يمكنكم التواصل معها للحصول علي افضل خدمات تنظيف المنازل والشقق والفلل والبيوت والمجالس والكنب والسجاد والموكيت والمفروشات بجودة عالية ومواصفات قياسية حيث تعد شركة تنظيف منازل بالخبر اولي الشركات التي التي تخصصت في مجالل التنظيف بالخبر ولديها خبرة كبيرة وعمالة ماهرة وادوات تنظيف حديثة وطاقم عمالة مدرب علي اعلي مستوى فلا تترددوا في الاتصال بشركة المثالية للتنظيف بالخبر وسوف تحصلون علي افضل الخدمات المنزلية من نظافة ومكافحة حشرات بارخص الاسعار

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