A Beautiful Blue & White Vintage and Antique Dish Collection

Welcome to the 606th Tablescape Thursday!

A few days ago I shared Phyllis’s beautiful living room renovation including the wonderful cabinetry her husband, Jerry, built to display her blue and white china and transferware collection. If you missed that previous post, you’ll find it here: Stunning Room Renovation: Perfect Display Space for Beautiful Transferware. After seeing this gorgeous display, I asked Phyllis is she could share a few close-ups and some information about her amazing collection.

Phyllis said, “From the time I started collecting dishes, blue and white has been my favorite and it’s what I have the most of. I already had a lot of the dishes when Jerry built the display cabinets, but I have added some to it.

Some items were pricey and others, inexpensive. They came from antique stores, estate sales, and even Cracker Barrel. When I travel I always try to get a teacup, teapot, or dish as a remembrance.”

I love this idea! What a great way to remember all the wonderful trips and places we’ve traveled.

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Phyllis shared, “When my mother was alive she used to frequently ask me how many teacups and teapots I had. I never bothered to count them because I have a friend who says if you count them, it’s an obsession! But back in 2017, I did five blog posts showing all my teapots at that time – this was mainly because my hubby wanted me to have photos for records. At that time, I had 138 teapots, but it’s well over 150 now, so I do believe it’s an obsession! ;-)”

Phyllis, you are not alone! You are in good company because I think most of us reading this post share a similar obsession!

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Phyllis is giving us a closer look at her collection today, a little tour of these beautiful shelves, just as if we were there in her living room and seeing them in person.

Phyllis said, “The shelves to the right of the piano display a tea set from Bombay Company, sadly out of business now, and a rack of Cobalt Blue Depression Glass in Moderntone and Aurora patterns.”


“The second shelf displays two Fairmont Empress Hotel China trios, Victoria, B.C. It has graced their Afternoon Tea tables since 1998. The original china pattern dates back to 1914 when the Booth China factory in England presented it to King George V and Queen Mary at their opening. The ‘Royal China’ pattern was meticulously duplicated by Royal Doulton who purchased the Booth factory. There is also a Lomonosov Russian Porcelain tea set in the Cobalt Net pattern.”


“The shelves to the left of the piano display Madrid Depression Glass, Wedgwood Jasperware, reproductions of Vanderbilt Tea Service circa 1888 purchased at the Vanderbilt estate in Asheville, N.C., and Shelley Dainty Blue china.”


So beautiful!


“Above the piano is a 19th-century two-compartment tea chest that I bought in 2011, and a commemorative tea history plate by Mason’s in Newcastle Upon Tyne in England.”


“The adjacent shelf has a music box and figurines that were my mothers.”


Phyllis also uses the lower cabinet area for additional storage.

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Phyllis gave us a little peek into that area, as well.


So many beautiful pieces!


Thanks so much to Phyllis for sharing her beautiful dishware collection for this week’s Tablescape Thursday! To see how Phyllis uses her beautiful collection, be sure to check out her blog, The Relevant Tea Leaf.


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  1. Thanks for sharing Phyllis’ beautiful collection of blue and white! Her husband did a nice job of building something to show it off. Thanks, also, for hosting each week!

  2. Wow – what a beautiful obsession – I mean collection – Phyllis has! I love the blue and white, and also the teacups I glimpsed in the storage cupboard. It’s so wonderful as you say, to have these mementos of all her travels!

    Thanks to Phyllis for the tour, and to you for sharing it! Happy Thursday!

  3. Franki Parde says

    A blue’n white experience!! Beautiful!! franki

  4. The Jasperware is my favourite. 🙂 What a lovely tea set!

    I hope you’re doing well, Susan.

  5. What an incredible collection! Thanks Susan!

  6. Beautiful! I love blue and white, too, although my collection is much smaller.
    I enjoyed seeing Phyllis’ collection.

  7. Speechless. Absolutely beautiful collection. She can enjoy them, because she can see them. My family asked me, “just how many sets of dishes do you need?”. It’s not need, it’s because I enjoy them and use them. She truly has a beautiful arrangement. Blessed.

  8. Beautiful collection! And those gorgeous shelves her husband made! So jealous!

  9. Thank you, Susan, for sharing my blue dish collection. In response to Mary’s comment above, my mother used to say, “I don’t ‘need’ more dishes, but I ‘want’ them to enjoy!”

  10. I love blues and blue-turquoise! I love the background color in the cabinet insets! Lovely collections.

  11. Brenda Lawrence says

    A stunning collection and displayed so beautifully as well! Hugs, Brenda

  12. Cyndi Raines says

    Very pretty indeed. So nice that she has beautiful cabinets made by her husband to display them in. What an added bonus!

  13. I to have a collection of blue and white china. I love the look of it, and I love the way Phyllis has displayed hers. Although I do not have as many pieces as she does, I do have four sets of china!

  14. Thank you Phyllis for showing us your collection. I agree that it is so awesome you can see it every day. We might need a third visit though to see the cobalt blue glassware.

  15. I really enjoyed seeing Phyllis’s beautiful blue and white dish collection..Thanks so much for sharing it with us and thanks for hosting!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

  16. Thank you so much for hosting! This week I am excited to share how to make your own cloche, DIY Mother’s Day gift, and how to create a relaxing spa bath. Hope you have a great day and are staying safe and healthy!

  17. So pretty! Phyllis, you really have a gift for displaying things artfully. So many pretty items. I love the cow creamer and the tea jars. And those blue translucent cups are so pretty, as well. What a lovely collection and you’re so fortunate that Jerry not only doesn’t object, but encourages you to keep track of what you have and even builds a beautiful shelving unit for you! Truly lovely collection and display. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  18. Bobbi Duncan says

    What a fabulous collection! I so love blue and white, and the gorgeous cabinetry, with painted blue background, shows it off beautifully.

  19. Emily Ann Mayer says

    What an impressive collection! Blue and white is always so pretty. The Colonial man and lady remind me of a set my beloved Auntie Betty Jo had, I don’t know what ever happened to them, but they were so lovely! Thanks for the memories!

  20. jeff cabine says

    My favorite part of this article is Royal Doulton, who bought the Booth factory, and precisely replicated the ‘Royal China’ design. Someone recently told me about this and it is different from what I understand. Thanks for helping me understand vintage collectible dishes.

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