Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Happy 200th Birthday Charles Dickens, Teacup Thursday, Win Trip To Downton Abbey

Today, Feb. 7th is the 200th anniversary of Charles Dicken's birth, and has been a day of celebration all over the world. I am late posting about this because of the Queen's Ascension Day yesterday which took precedence! I am joining Teacup Thursday with Miss Spenser and Vintage Thingie Thursday with Coloradolady as well.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla participated in a service at Westminster Abbey in London, England today honouring one of the most famous novelists of all time. A wreath was laid on the novelist's tomb in Poets' Corner. rince Charles and Camilla then visited the Dicken's House Museum in London.

As part of the commemorative day, Dicken's novels are being read allowed in public places in nations all over the world, plays are staged and many TV reruns of plays are in progress or will be over the next few months. Many leading actors from Dicken's productions were at the Abbey for the service.

So I have chosen a Rosina, England teacup that was made in the 1950s to be sold at The Old Curiosity Shop in London, famed for the novel of the same name by Dickens.

I have had all sorts of pieces in the pattern. I just love it. And this is not the only Dicken's china there is:

A Lancaster & Sandland, England cheese dish from the 1920-1930s with Oliver Twist saying Oliver Twist Asks For More.

 A Sam Weller character jug from The Pickwick Papers by SylvaCeramics.

A Lancaster dish from the 1930s in purple luster that says Sairey Gamp Entertains Betsy Prig from Martin Chuzzlewitt.

Another rendering of Sairey Gamp from Martin Chuzzlewitt by New Hall pottery also from the 1930s.

And Mr. Pecksniff from Martin Chuzzlewitt also by New Hall in the 1930s. All of these and more are available at Time Was Antiques. Just click on the photos.

Charles Dickens had a dramatic effect not only as a writer but as a crusader for improved conditions in England, and laterally of the world. His depictions of poverty, child labor, child crime, the workhouse and the social ills of his time were a voice for change and improvement. He lives on as a writer of incredible depth, humor and pathos...the supreme storyteller...and as a man ahead of his time in working for those who were often preyed upon in English society.

Happy Birthday Sir! 

And for Downton Abbey fans...PBS has just announced the Masterpiece Classic Sweepstakes. Win a trip a personal VIP tour of Highclere Castle, the real Downton Abbey and afternoon tea wth Lady Caenarvon! The trip is Sept. 17-22, 2012! Airfare, transfers, Hotels stays...the lot! Also Leeds Castle. To enter daily, here is the link:

PBS Masterpiece Classic Sweepstakes Downton Abbey 


Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Hasppy birthday, indeed.

And thank you so much for educating us.

The china is perfect for this wonderful post celebrating CD's birthday!


Anonymous said...

I'm currently reading Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin. Very enjoyable!

Terri said...

Happy Birthday Charles!
Thank you so much for this fabulous post celebrating a truly inspiring author! I really enjoyed reading it. In fact, I saved it for last so I could really take my time.
Your tea cup and saucer are amazing. I didn't even know there was Dickens china! How fascinating. But now that I think of it, it seems obvious there would be!
Every piece is fabulous. But I do love the tea cup the most! I will have to keep an eye out for a cup like this!

Maria Andrade said...

This was a marvellous tribute to a favourite writer nof ours.
As you pointed out in the post he had an important role in denouncing many social problems and he deserves all rthe celebrations and tributes to his life and work.
I also evoked him in my post.
I loved seeing all your Dickens's china,too. My favourite is the cup with the Old Curiosity Shop.
Thanks for sharing.

Coloradolady said...

What a great post and china!! How terrific it would be to win that trip!!! Happy VTT

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Glad to see the picture at Poet's corner..reminds me of my visits there.

Antiques And Teacups said...

I love all the Dicken's china. Great and fun post! Thanks for visiting!

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