Monday, 5 December 2011
The good china
When my maternal grandparents got married in 1943 they bought a new, smart set of china to have as their “good one”. In time my grandmother collected several sets, but this first one was in use all of their life. And eventually I inherited I use it as my good china too. The set is called (Blå) vinranka (blue wines) and was designed in 1939 by Arthur Percy for Gefle porslinsfabric. It became quite popular and was in production until 1969. My grandmother used to call it “flytande blå” (flowing blue), which seems to be a quite common nickname for it, due to the way the blue floats out. Percy also designed a red version which was much more distinct, but never seem to have become as popular.
As for my set, it is very nearly complete; the only piece missing is the soup terrine, which my grandparents never purchased. There are plates in three flat sizes and one deep one. Coffee and tea cups with saucers and even two cups for gruel. Bowls for sugar and milk and cream jugs. Coffee and tea pots, several plates and bowls for serving food, including sauce and egg cups. I think it’s very pretty and it makes me happy to use it.