At the time, people weren't really choosing neutrals but I fell in love with this creamware pattern and enjoyed adding to my collection.
Fast forward a few years, though, and I was left with only a few cereal bowls, so needing something neutral, I bought service for 12 of Mikasa "Italian Countryside" to use as my everyday dinnerware.
It is lovely, but, I longed for my Wedgwood, and was not able to go to Replacements and replace it. After some searching, I found a really great deal on ebay and won several plates. After they arrived, the dinner plates were in horrible condition, so I got a partial refund.
I finally found another good deal on ebay and placed my order for four salad plates and four dinner plates. When they arrived, the box looked like this.
All but two plates looked like this.
I could have cried.
I had to wait for what seemed like an eternity for a refund, and in the meantime found more reasonably priced new plates at dinnerwareetc.com. I placed my order and waited a couple of weeks only to find out they were out of stock.
In the meantime, I bid on a couple more sets on ebay, but was outbid. Honestly, I should have given up at this point, but, I finally found someone selling more pieces in my price range, and made an offer, which was accepted.
I was so afraid they would be broken when they arrived, but they were pristine with no chips, cracks, discoloration or crazing.
Let me add a friendly word of caution here about crazing. Crazing is not a good thing. It seriously devalues dinnerware and is sometimes hard to spot. I know a lot of people like to collect ironstone, but pieces that have crazing, chips or cracks, should not be as expensive as I have seen them in some places. A reputable antiques or dinnerware dealer, like Replacements, will know that, and those pieces will be discounted. Even if you like the way it looks on a display piece, just don't pay what you would for a piece without it.
As for my creamware, I definitely wanted nice pieces because I will be using them for everyday. If you are not familiar with creamware, it was actually a mistake when Staffordshire potters tried to make a substitute for Chinese porcelain around 1750. The cream color was considered a fault, but it caught on and continued to be made through the 19th century and later.
Although my Wedgwood "Queen's Plain" changed names to "Queen's Shape" over the years, it is still the beautiful, creamy-colored pattern created by Josiah Wedgwood in 1763, which Queen Charlotte of England liked so much, she allowed it to be called "Queen's Ware," and the one I fell in love with more than 20 years ago.
I love it just as much as I did when I first saw it.
It is the kind of pattern that is always in style...
...and goes with everything.
So I will keep looking for those special deals to add to my *new* collection of Wedgwood creamware.
The "moral of this story" is a good neutral pattern will go with anything and never go out of style. So invest in a good one that you love-- the kind you would hunt down 20 years from now:-)
I'll be joining: