Friday, February 20, 2015

Blue Friday at The British Museum


Happy Friday, all! Did you do anything for Chinese New Year this week? We celebrated last month so that some friends who just moved to London could join the party. Speaking of London, for Throw Back Thursday yesterday, I posted a photo of The David Vases on Instagram yesterday...


Sadly these beauties are not in my living room, but in the collection of The British Museum. They are two of the most important and most famous examples of Chinese blue and white porcelain in the world. A dedication on their necks identifies them as a gift to a Daoist temple in 1351- they are known as The David Vases because they belonged to Sir Percival David, who built the most significant private collection of Chinese porcelain, which is now housed museum's Center for Ceramic Studies, which includes 1,700 pieces from the David collection.

Here's a peak of some of the rest of the museum's extraordinary blue and white treasures:





Wouldn't you like to have some of that on your mantel? I'm planning a trip to London next month, and a visit with these beauties is definitely on my list.

What do you collect at your house?

Happy Weekend! XOXO

19 comments:

  1. The blue in these old pieces gets richer with time, doesn't it?

    Good morning Jeanne! Enjoy your weekend, Anita

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    1. Hi Anita, Yes it does. This collection just took my breath away when we were in London a few years back. Looking forward to revisiting it! Enjoy your weekend, too! XOXO

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  2. Well its no secret that I am a huge blue and white fan so you know what I collect in my house:) These are beautiful and surely paved the way to a major and lifelong fascination with all things blue and white for countless design and decor aficionados...so we need to pay proper homage to them! Hope you will take plenty of pics next month:) Enjoy your weekend Jeanne!

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    1. Tina, of course I thought of you when I put this together - I was wondering if you've ever seen the David collection at The British Museum. It's amazing! And with 1,700 pieces it makes me feel that it's true that you can never have too much blue and white. Hope you have a lovely weekend, too! Stay warm! XOXO

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  3. Jeanne,
    Currently, I collect firewood to keep the home fires burning. We have sunshine today but bitter cold.
    Love all the beautiful blue and white and of course that we will be making and collecting memories in London a few fast weeks!
    I can hardly wait!
    pve

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    1. Patricia, BRRR! I hope you - and Bentley - are staying toasty warm by that fire. Looking forward to our adventures next month! XOXO

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  4. Oh my goodness! I need a few of these, but that is not happening.
    Thank you for sharing your visit. Just gorgeous, Jeanne.
    Happy Friday.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous Jeanne! These are so exquisite!
    Have a great weekend!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Featuring Wildlife Photographer David Gulden

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  6. What a beautiful collection and how fun that we both did posts on blue and white. We don't collect much in our homes given our rowdy boys but if we did, blue and white porcelains would top our list. Have a great weekend, Jeanne!
    xxoo
    C + C

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  7. What an amazing collection of blue and white porcelain - gorgeous images, Jeanne!!

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  8. Blue and white splendor extraordinaire... it is so beautiful and complex, and I love the insect marking at the bottom of the one vase. Hoping to see many more photos from your trip. Really wonderful presentation Jeanne, and YES I was loving today we played tennis outside and really couldn't get over how wonderful it was. Let's enjoy these next couple of days.

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  9. Stunning! The British Museum is such a pleasure...I could spend days examining the treasures there. I haven't been to London in a while...I think it is time for another trip! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! xoxo

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