Were you puzzling over my Wordless Wednesday post yesterday? Teacups? Why is she showing us teacups? Well, one because my reflection is in there and I thought that was cool... but secondly and more importantly, I was giving you a glimpse at one of my recent thrifting scores. You see, I'm a garage saler. A thrifter. A junker. Livin' on the edge. I love digging for treasure and I keep meaning to show you some of the treasures I've picked up this summer so thought I'd start here.
I actually bought these two lovely and incredibly delicate teacups to make into ornaments. They were marked "France" on the bottom which made me think of my dear friend Sonia, so I had to have them. I really liked the one with the gold on the inside and the raised decorations on the outside.
I brought them home and was about to begin gluing into them when my curiosity got the better of me and I trotted off to the computer to see if I could identify them.
Turns out these little lovelies are Limoges porcelain paste cups circa the late 1800s. What I found to be really interesting was that Limoges pieces were often sold as undecorated "blanks" and sold to hobbyists and art schools to be painted.
I tried to identify the two patterns I found and came up empty. It makes me really wonder who used to drink tea from these (she was a lefty, based on the wear on the rim), who painted them, and how I was lucky enough to get them for 50 cents.
I have no idea what I'll do with them. I can't bring myself to glue in them, and fine breakables are in constant danger of well, being broken, around here.