Saturday, March 2, 2013

Little Pitchers

My maternal great-grandmother had a pitcher collection all the years I knew her. She lived in a two bedroom bungalow with a 1950’s kitchen. The colors light green and red come to mind along with a chrome dinette set. Under a short bar in the kitchen was a built-in cabinet with glass doors. That is where all the pitchers were, and as a child, I would sit there gazing at the beauties. We were never allowed to open the doors and play with the glass and porcelain. Many were brought to my great-grandmother by her friends who traveled.

While the pitchers were in every size and color imaginable, I favored the small ones, probably because I imagined my dolls using them. When she died, we grands and great-grands were allowed to go in and choose “keepers” for ourselves. Many were gone by the time I got there.  I chose varied ones from what was left. 

Some were standard like the little Blue Willow one and the red ceramic one.
But one teeny tiny one is still a favorite and it is amazing I have not lost it in 45 years of moving around and rearing kids, etc. This little jewel is as small as my little finger, but the painting it is exquisite. The flowers are detailed and vivid, and the Japan mark on the bottom is very clear.

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BECKY said...

Oh my gosh, Claudia! They're all pretty, but that teeny-tiny one is amazing! And wonderful that it's never been lost or broken! I'm happy for you!

Rebecca said...

What great memories! And that tiny one is incredible! You ARE to be congratulated for preserving it all these years :)

Susan said...

Oh, Claudia, I know about your great-grandma's pitcher collection. I have two of her beauties right in my little curio cabinet!

Oh, the one you showed today? Gorgeous. GORGEOUS. And it's SMALLER than your baby finger.

Thanks so much for sharing. Susan

Susan said...

p.s. Love all your rings, too!

Linda O'Connell said...

What treasures you have there, Claudia. That miniature is awesome.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Lovely! The miniature is adorable. I used to collect teapots (I stopped due to space concerns. LOL) and one of my faves is a little bitty thing (not as small as your miniature, but tiny nonetheless) my father-in-law picked up for me on one of his trips to Europe. It is a little banana teapot, of all things. Your pitchers reminded me of that. :)

Susan said...

p.s. on Tuesday...Hello dear Bookie...So glad you are planning the outing with your friends. Every second counts!

Thanks so much for your visit and comment, too. Susan

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Beautiful, and so tiny!

Kathy M.