Mixing old with new: Colclough and Tuscan vintage china with Ikea Brakig

I don’t usually talk about new stuff on this blog but sometimes new things complement old things very well.Picture of Colclough and Tuscan English fine china cake plates

On a recent trip to Cambridge, I was pleased to find some vintage Colclough and Tuscan china cake plates hidden at the bottom of some shelves in a charity shop, dirty and unloved.  As soon as I felt the edges of the plates I could tell that they were going to be special even before seeing the patterns.Colclough Tuscan vintage china plates3

Colclough Tuscan vintage china platesThe Colclough plate is from around 1945-1948 according to the backstamp and it has the most beautiful sheen to it.  The delicate blue, pink and yellow roses look like they’ve just come out of the factory!  I wonder where it has been hiding all these years.Colclough Tuscan vintage china plates

I think I’ve only seen this pattern once before in a tea set that we sold a while back.  That one had a lemon background whereas this one has a light blue one.Colclough Tuscan vintage china plates

If you want to read more about Colclough, I’ve written about the pottery in a few previous posts, e.g. the Ballet/Harlequin range and Herbert Colclough’s pottery mission.  While checking the backstamp dates on The Potteries website, I found a lovely picture of a Colclough advert from 1947 with a phrase epitomising the Colclough vision: ‘A Colclough dealer has china ware to offer which creates an immediate appeal to eye and pocket.

The other two plates I found are from Tuscan china’s Peach Bloom range.  Unlike the Colclough plates, they have no pattern but the milky peach hue and the delicately-fluted edges are enough in themselves. Colclough Tuscan vintage china plates

Tuscan china was made until the late 1960s and I think these plates are probably from the late 1950s/early 1960s.  I put together a selection of Tuscan patterns along with the history of the company in a previous blog post.

I photographed the plates on top of a baby blue wooden stool which is from Ikea’s Brakig range.  I had to pop to Ikea the other day and had spotted the stools in a post on the lovely Modflowers blog and just had to get one.  I think it’s based on a classic design by Arne Jacobsen.  I love the simplicity of the combination of the slender form with classic block colours.Colclough Tuscan vintage china plates on Ikea Brakig stool

I was tempted to buy another colour as well but restrained myself!  The napkins are also from Ikea – perfect for when you need some paper napkins for an impromptu tea party!

All I need to do now is to decide whether to make cake stands from the Colclough and Tuscan plates or whether to leave them as they are.  What do you think?

Rach x

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6 responses to “Mixing old with new: Colclough and Tuscan vintage china with Ikea Brakig

  1. Thanks for the mention Rach! I would leave the Colclough as it is – it would be a shame to make a hole in it right where that lovely little backstamp logo is!

    • Thanks Charlotte, it’s really interesting to hear about your family’s involvement in the Potteries. I’ve trying to find out more about local histories in the Potteries and was reading about the job of the transferers in a little book I found the other day. Just checked out your blog too – lots of luck with your singing career 🙂

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