For me, having a dishware display in my hutch means I’m always ready for company.
I’m an out-of-sight-out-of-mind type. So I’m definitely into dishware display love — I love to my collections easy to reach and out to admire. I’m not much for closed cabinets, which always seem forbidding. That makes me an old-fashioned dish-dresser person. Nothing shows off dishes like the open shelves of a hutch and nothing can quite match that type of charm, whether the piece is in the kitchen or another room.
That’s true for many people, including William Yeoward who, with his partner Colin Orchard transformed a Victorian Gothic schoolhouse in the Cotswolds into a welcoming weekend retreat. The “fitted” (meaning built-in) dish dresser they installed in what was a doorway — now the kitchen and dining area [top] — is filled with 19th century Portuguese faience plates, a pair of 1914 large gray teapots, books, pitchers and vases with an impressive array of jugs on top.
A couple of New York antique dealers with a lavish, traditional apartment chose a simple pine hutch to show off their collection of English majolica dishes and pitchers. While old majolica isn’t food-safe, the highly colorful vegetable and plant motifs make it perfect to show off in a kitchen or sunroom.
Another pine beauty I came upon — stuffed with animal-motif china — includes a couple of cute Staffordshire hens in addition to other gaily striped, dotted and flowered pieces. For me, the best dressers have hooks aplenty for mugs to hang as well. I wish we could see what’s in the long, top drawer. Silver serving pieces?
In the Suffolk (England) kitchen of the late portrait photographer Angus McBean is a stupendous assemblage of white-ware including pieces by Wedgwood and Coalport. The larger pieces in that collection are stowed on a rather grand ebonized and parcel-gilt table with a shelf. Smaller pieces hang on a far plainer wall-mounted plate rack where the hooks display a collection of small pitchers and a lemon juicer along with a few mugs. I love the way the heart-shaped coeur à la crème molds are stuck up along with porcelain strainers and even a rolling pin up to the rafters. Great wall of china, for sure.
(Sources: WOI, AD)
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