Sunday, October 12, 2014

World War I China From Royal Albert, The Victoria And Albert Museum

It's been awhile...but life happened, and I had to take a break from one of my blogs...and this was the one that was put on hold for awhile. When my husband was having a bit of a bad patch with Parkinson's Disease, I just didn't have time for everything...any of you ever feel like that????

I think what prompted me was finding this...a fantastic teacup trio from World War I with a 1914 mark by Royal Albert Crown China, England...the early version of Royal Albert China.

The war here was called The European War, and was thought to be "The War To End All Wars" and how I wish that had been the case. The cup and plate bear the words:

 No Price Can Be To High When Honour And Freedom Are At Stake
and that was a very popular slogan at the time.
 The flags of France, Russia, Belgium and Japan are depicted in hand painted enamel on transfer with the slogan "United We Stand". These nations were allies of England during the war...but think of what happened in the next decades....

This is the mark...very different from the Royal Albert, England marks we are all familiar with...There is also a cream pitcher in the pattern as well...
Patriotic china from World War I is pretty rare today...really historic survivals of a time that is long past.....for more info on these items at Time Was Antiques, click on the photos...

I thought I'd share a visit a couple of years ago to our favorite Victoria & Albert Museum in London...affectionately known as The V&A. We visit pretty well every time we are in London. The collections are pretty well everything you could possibly want to see from ancient to modern.

The last visit, we spent a lot of time in the English Arts And Crafts is synonymous with lovely hand crafted  items and parallels the Aesthetic Movement in the US. It's one of my favorite design periods. The 1860s ignited a reaction to the Industrial Revolution's mass produced goods and artists like William Morris, Phillip Webb, Archibald Knox and others pioneered a return to hand crafted items of beauty. William Morris famously said:

 “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” William Morris, 1834-1896

This is an Archibald Know sterling silver with stones and enamel box at the Victoria and Albert.

This is a display of everyday kitchen items but decorated beautifully despite being utilitarian objects. I actually took this photo because we had the ivory crumber on the wall there in the shop at the time I took the photo....

There is a large display of Arts And Crafts china and silver as well. 

And I loved this large Wedgwood jasperware jardinere.  There is always too much to see and not enough time at the V&A!

Thanks for joining me! It will be nice to connect with friends through this blog again.


Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Welcome back, dear lady. I pray your husband's PD is behaving itself a little better now? I'm so sorry. I cannot tell you how many I know have this....makes one wonder what outside influences are making this so rampant.

Your china is so special- what treasures. I love learning so much when visiting you....and one day I hope to visit the V&A with my husband. We discuss often. It's on our Bucket List.

Snap said...

Beautiful china with a very important story to tell. I hope things are better with your husband now. Nice to "see" you! Happy Tea Day!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What amazing china and history! Such an interesting post, Ruth. I can just imagine how thrilling it would be to visit the V&A Museum. Thank you for sharing with us.
I hope your husband is feeling better. We have a dear friend who was also in the Ministry who has PD and was forced to retire. It's so sad!


Susan Clayton said...

Fascinating post. SO glad you made the time to share. Best wishes for good health to you and yours. I may have had a slight addiction to a Brit or 2 in my time and am a mild Anglophile as a result. Angels to you.

Cindy said...

Very lovely, both the post, and very needed break. Ya, I feel like that once in awhile, seems the things that get put off are the things I enjoy the most, continue to do something for you my friend, blogging can be a nice escape, tea can be a nice relief

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