Monday, June 2, 2014

Topless Tureens

white ironstone, soup tureens, wicker basket
I have a new obsession - white ironstone tureen bottoms.

Yes, topless tureens!

Don't want the tops - just the bottoms.

I want them crazed and spotted and brown with age.

And I want them now!

I am still in the grips of white ironstone pitchers.

But now I have fallen further into the white ironstone abyss.

Fallen hard.

The obsession came at me in a rush.

There on the front table when I entered the SPCA Thrift Shop were three perfectly distressed tureen bottoms at 50% OFF!

I immediately put them on the counter.

And my new collection began.

Love at first sight.

The volunteer had her tags and junk in this basket.

She was not going to put it out because it was so worn.


And she said yes.

I cannot even count the number of layers of paint.

Peek inside - see the rusty, crusty metal liner?

It looks quite sweet with the topless tureens.

There may be a mantel or a tablescape here.

I'll let you know.

See y'all!

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  1. Lucky you! I have the very same one as the last tureen you showed. I have a really cute square tureen that is topless and also a small rectangular one. Like you, I have no problem with going topless!!

  2. Awesome, I must have the tops!! I have been collecting the tops of broken ironstone dishes. Oh my am I going bottomless...I had a mailbasket like the one you found. Di@Cottage-Wishes

  3. Ooh, Donna, score! I love the second tureen especially - the brown aging appeals to me too.

  4. I have an ironstone gravy boat that holds pencils on my desk. Love it.

  5. I'm cracking up at your commentary.
    Great finds!

  6. Ah.. what a hoot, and such lovely finds. Loving that old chippy basket.

  7. Oh be still my heart, I love them too. That basket is gorgeous, never too chippy

  8. New life to items that others might pass by... love it! Keep rescuing!

  9. The title is funny and even funnier when I read the alliteration wrong. What's this world coming too! LOL Pretty!

  10. I think they are breathtaking. Love ironstone & adore that basket. & the $ went to the SPCA! I would in heaven if I found all these, but at one time!!

  11. I can picture the tops in a garden. I do love the bottoms too. Great finds Donna.

  12. You are having juts too much fun ... I want to come join you. Love topless tureens too because they are so easy to decorate with. I do find some of the lids interesting.

  13. Swinging by from TheySayItsMyLife! I can see why you love them. They have so much character and are decorated so nicely!

  14. I love your styling, Donna! I have one of these but bought it new at Cosco years ago ;)
    I guess it's a compote really, but looks a lot like the one in your top photo.
    Thank you for joining the History & Home link party. -Dawn @ We Call It

  15. Love your tureens! You could hang the lids on the wall...but the bottoms look so pretty!

  16. Love the all! Yes, I can see a sweet display coming up. Wish I could find some topless tureens. Hee-hee! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  17. Gorgeous, Donna! So many creative ideas shown, love them all. You are featured this week at Ivy and Elephants, please feel free to stop by and grab a featured button.

  18. نحن أفضل شركة لشراء اثاث مستعمل دبي مثل أغطية غرف النوم ، وأكياس الصالون بسعر جيد لمقارنة أخرى ، وكذلك نحن نشتري أغطية كهربائية أيضًا.
    اثاث مستعمل دبي
    اثاث مستعمل عجمان
    اثاث مستعمل الشارقة


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