8/30/2009


It's A Blue Mosaic Monday...
With an Update!

Hello my friends! It's time for Blue Monday with a blue mosaic! Blue Monday is hosted by our very own Sally over at Smiling Sally. Thank you, Sally for hosting Blue Monday! Please drop by Sally's and see the beautiful blue that she has for us today and while you're there...please visit the other Blue Monday participants!

For today's Blue Monday post...I created a mosaic so that I could join in the mosaic party hosted by Mary over at Little Red House. Mary, thank you so much for hosting Mosaic Monday...I've had so much fun making photos mosaics!!! You won't want to miss Mary's fabulous mosaics that she has created for us today...please pay her a visit and check out all of the other mosaics created by participating bloggers!


............Ahhhh....The Blues of Provence!!!
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Ohhhh....those beautiful frenchy blues!!!
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All of the photos in the mosiac that I created were taken in Provence, France (photos courtesy of the internet). Provence is a region of southeastern France on the Mediterranean adjacent to Italy. I have had the privilege of traveling through this beautiful region...ohhhh so beautiful! When I think of Provence...I think of the famous European/French painters...like Paul C├ęzanne who was born in Aix-en Provence. Other well known artists...Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, and even Van Gogh spent time painting in Provence! And...what did so many of their famous works from this region...have in common?
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BLUE!!!...the soft baby blues of the sky...the aqua blues of the water...the vibrant blues of the provencal linens ...and the earthy blues of the grapes! * *
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Sooo many fabulous frenchy shades of blue!!!
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Isn't it funny...when I think of France...I think of blue....
and I think of the fleur de lis!!!*
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My New Frenchy Blue China 



Lamberton Fine China
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Ohhhh...I am so excited to share with you today...my new fabulous frenchy find! This beautiful blue china was manufactured by Lamberton China USA and the pattern is called "Puritan".
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Photo of the manufacturers mark...
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History of Lamberton Fine China
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*I was really curious...I had never heard of this china manufacturer before so after doing a little research...this is what I found. Lamberton Works was founded in Trenton, New Jersey along the Delaware River in 1869. Later purchased by Maddock Pottery Company, and then by Scammel China Company in 1901. Scammel continued to use the Lamberton name on some of the pieces. Lamberton china is considered fine-grade semi-porcelain and avidly collected.
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I was doing a little "window shopping" on ebay a couple of weeks ago and ran into this beautiful china. It was love at first sight!!! I love, love, LOVE the pretty fleur de lis and laurel garland....Ohhhh, and the beautiful shade of blue!!! To me...it just doesn't get more "frenchy" than this...blue and the fleur de lis!!! A fruit basket surrounded by laurel garland can be seen in the center of the plates. There is just a hint of yellow on the fruit and tips of the laurel.
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A close-up...
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I found six bread and butter plates for a total of $9.00.
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six dinner plates for $8.00 ea.
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I thought this was an extremely great deal...considering the bread and butter plates sell for $9.99 ea. at China Replacements Ltd. The dinner plates sell for $29.99 ea. Now I'm looking for other pieces to complete this pattern! In the meantime, I can use them with my white ironstone.
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A couple of great books...especially if you like French Country decor.
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"Country French Living" by Charles Faudree.
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"Creating the French Look" by Annie Sloan.*
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...Now for the Update...
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A couple of weeks after I found the Lamberton "Puritan" china with the beautiful blue "fleur de lis" on them...I found another set of Lamberton China on ebay...and just had to have them!!! Ohhhh...they are soooo beautiful!!!
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*Up for auction was a set of six dinner plates...I only paid $15.00! I just couldn't believe my good fortune...just look at these beauties!!!
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I just love the beautiful "french" blue banding...and ohhhh...look at the gorgeous gold gilding! I adore the frenchy scrolled pattern!!!
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Close-up of the beautiful gilded scrolls!


The ebay listing mentioned that this was a very "rare" pattern. I'm wondering...I have searched and searched the internet (including China Replacements Ltd.) to no avail. I cannot find this pattern anywhere. If anyone knows anything about it...I sure would appreciate you letting me know!
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This is the manufacturers mark on the back of the china...it is definitely Lamberton China but it doesn't have a pattern name???






Now...for the sweet reveal!!!




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The photo above pictures the new Lamberton china dinner plate with a bread and butter plate from the Lamberton "Puritan" pattern.
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I just couldn't believe that they both had the exact same color of french blue banding...and if you look...you'll see that the Puritan "fleur de lis" pattern has the gold gilded bands around its edges!
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These two patterns just look like they belong together...don't they?
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I was so excited when I found this second set of dinner plates on ebay!!! Now I can mix and match them for a tablescape!!!
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Ahhhh...those frenchy provencal blues!!!
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I just love it!!! I can't wait to set a french table with my new china!!!
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The two Lamberton China dinner plates...side by side!
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Well my friends...thank you so much for coming by and taking a peek at my newest "treasure find"...I was so excited to share them with you!!! Don't forget to go by Sally's place for Blue Monday and Mary's for Mosaic Monday!!!
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Love ya'll,
Chari




41 comments:

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Love them alone and paired together!

Cindy J. said...

Oh Chari these are perfect together! I am so excited for you.. what a wonderful, wonderful find and I can't wait to see one of your beautiful tablescapes..Love you Sis, Cindy

Cass @ That Old House said...

Love the Lamberton dishes -- of course they are gorgeous, they are made in New Jersey.

(And lest anyone laugh at NJ, I will point out that LENOX was founded in Trenton, NJ, too. In the 19th century, Trenton was nicknamed "the Staffordshire of America.")

Anyway -- fab dishes. I can't believe how perfectly the second set of plates meshes with the first. Perfect. And GORGEOUS.

Cass

Sarah said...

Chari, these plates are stunning! What a great find. I know they have an appreciative home! I can't wait to see a tablescape using these someday soon! Love you mosaic too.
Happy Blue Monday ~ Haycinth

Barbara said...

Chari, Your Mosaic is breathtaking, the shades of blue...awesome.

The china is beautiful either way you use it.

Barbara

Kim said...

I'm so jealous!!! Can't wait to see the tablescape you will create.

Barb said...

Chari,
Love the pattern on the blue plates!!
The books look yummy!!

OK, teach me how to do the mosaics so i can play too. =0))

blessings,

barbara jean

mbkatc230 said...

Beautiful finds. They look so perfect together. I hope you are able to find more pieces, these are really beautiful patterns. And I love your mosaic, the blue is stunning. Have a great week! Kathy

Theresa said...

Gasp...it took my breath away, so beautiful! Have a blessed day

SmilingSally said...

Oh, I think that china is drop-dead gorgeous! How I'd like to sit at a table set with that! So ... call me whenever you're ready to entertain. Happy Blue Monday.

bj said...

I just can't wait to see a tablescape using these beautiful dishes. You really scored big on these, lady. They are both just stunning.

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Gorgeous BLUE MONDAY selections! Those china pieces are fabulous!

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Chari,
I love anything French so I adore your dishes! What a pretty setting you have. I hope you are able to find more pieces as I know they make you happy. I am so thrilled for you. Happy Blue Monday.

Blessings,
Sandi

Maggie B said...

Bonjour Chari,
I love your beautiful Lamberton china, I think your house might be more "French Country" than mine & I live in the French countryside!
Great blog I'll be back soon.
a bientot
Maggie

Lynns Lovelies said...

Hi Chari~~Oh, I just LOVE your French Blues, too! Just want to look at them all day...that color is just gorgeous!!

So happy for you that you found those beautiful Lamberton dishes, too! Isn't Ebay fun?

Have a beautiful Blue Monday!
~Lynn♥

~Let Freedom Ring!~

Mary said...

Your plates are just stunning, as are your photos of them. I can't wait to see the tablescape you create with them. I hope you are having a wonderful day.s

Regina said...

Love your blue collections!

Kitty Valerie said...

I'd love to go to France since a speak a little French because of a job I had 3 years ago.

I bet La Provence is just georgeous. Alphonse Daudet used to describe it in his novels.

You are a lucky woman with the discovery of those 2 chinas that match perfectly. I'm glad for you!

Have a great Blue Monday,
Val

Melissa Miller said...

Chari your blue china is so stunning and very elegant.
Lovely pattern and details.

I hope all is well. I haven't heard from you lately my friend.

~Blessings, ~Melissa :)

Becky K. said...

What absolutely gorgeous china!!!

Love it!

Becky K.
Hospitality Lane

LV said...

Beautiful blue Monday post. The dishes were so pretty, and the blue trim just set them off. You did a super job putting all this together.

Anonymous said...

What an inspiration - the pics from Provence!

Your new china is gorgeous. I can't believe you got such a deal on them! They look perfect with your original china!

Happy Blue Monday!

Christi

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Chari,
My dear, I just love love those plates!!! You really scored on those, they are beautiful and what a great deal too! I can't wait to see the tablescape you dream up for those beauties!! This was such a lovely post,as usual, so educational and pretty! How was your week-end? We had a nice time at the fair, but it was just too crowded!! The weather was only in the mid-sixties on Sat.! Hey, where's my summer! LOL. Actually, we haven't had much summer like weather. Well, I won't blab on too long today, but I sure love this beautiful china!! Isn't E-bay a great thing!! Hugs, Cindy

ellen b. said...

Hi Chari!
Wow what beautiful blue here today! I think your mosaic is so beautiful. That china is fabulous. I'm so glad you are finding pieces! The dinner plate and dessert/salad plate look so nice layered together. Enjoy the hunt for more. Happy Blue to you!

Sarah said...

Chari, just read your thoughtful note. Thank you. If you are truly interested in stitching one of Linda Ragno's flower ladies, she also paints them in a smaller size. It is labeled as an ornament, but they are a little large as an ornament for my tree. I've just ordered the one that is holding a rooster. The smaller ones will stitch up much faster, especially since I'll have her finished in the shape as a small doll. Then there is no background to stitch. :-) Actually the Needle Works, where I purchased my pieces, has the same flower lady stitched and made into a pillow as a model. They didn't stitch the background, but rather just left the canvas. I didn't like that look. They also finished the pillow with a heavy cording and knotted corners. I like the idea of that look, but not for this piece. In my mind the look doesn't fit her French Country style .
Oh, and Needle Works will be happy to order any of the designs for you. They are great to work with! Let me know if stitch one of these. ~ Sarah

jeanne said...

Hello Chari, your blue mosaic is gorgeous. My sister was visiting Provence last year and brought me a beautiful kitchen towel that says Provence. It is green not blue. She loved her visit there.

Tha Lamberton China is definitely the same blue and goes together perfectly. They are so pretty and classy. Very beautiful and elegant. A lovely blue to share today. Good luck finding more.

Hugs...Jeanne

Martha said...

Love both patterns of china and you know I love anything blue and white -- I covet both patterns!

Nancy said...

OH MY!!! That is beautiful together!!!

Joy said...

Beautiful china! I love the blue and gold together.

Elizabeth said...

I can feel your excitement when you wrote, I just love it! These look amazing together and you got some really great bargains!
Loved your mosaic, also. Super shade of blue you chose.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

OH MY GOODNESS! Chari, this is absolutely stunning! I can't tell you how much I love both of those china patterns, and the two of them together are amazing! What deals you got on them! You smart bargain hunter! I can't wait to see a tablescape with this gorgeous china on it! (I'm really a little jealous-those gorgeous patterns at those prices-incredible!). Oh, and your mosaic is beautiful too. laurie

Melissa Miller said...

Thank you soooo much my friend!
I can't wait to get the books and start enjoying them! Yay!

I'm not sure what is up with Blogger sometimes??? Hmmm...?

I'm so glad you liked my new green dishes. They are fun! Alex isn't too sure about them though. HeHe!

Thanks for taking the time to come back by and comment again. Your comments are always the BEST.
~Love ya, ~Melissa ;)

Sunny said...

I have spent a good part of my afternoon reading and enjoying your blog. I'm so glad I found it.
Sunny :)

lvroftiques said...

Chari they are just beautiful! And both sets look perfect together!! You scored girlfriend!! Vanna

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Chari...you did a great job getting all of these beautiful dishes...and I can just see them together with one of your wonderful TT...and you are so right these are french looking...WOW!! I love them girl...Way to go...I need to shop Ebay more everyone fines some of the best stuff on there...I use to buy all the time from there...but this past 10 years I have slowed down on buying stuff...I know your shocked but I have ha ha!!Glad I came by girl...Hope the rest of the weeek is great for you...love ya sis...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Good Morning Chari,
Can't wait to see that white tablescape! You always have the best! It's a beautiful morning here, cool but should warm up nicely. It sounds like our weather is similar right now. We are looking at mid to upper 70's the next few days and sun. Although I missed having some hot weather this summer my hubby sure didn't! I have to say I wouldn't want the horrible heat some, like my son in Tempe AZ are having right now. Well, I'm off to work a little and then back to visit you! Hugs, Cindy

xinex said...

OMG, these are just fabulously and magnificently beautiful, Chari. So lucky for you to find them.They are really perfect together..Christine

Cathy said...

How wonderful!!! I love your gorgeous dishes!!! What a great find!!!

Enjoy!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Sandy said...

Wonderful dishes. I'm just sitting back and waiting for the beautiful tablescape I know you will do with them.
Sandy

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

GORGEOUS...than then some! :)
Mona

Shari said...

They look beautiful enough for a Whitehouse formal dinner. So elegant.