Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Come with me to Tuscany!

Today I have another delicious little treasure from my chintz collection. A Tuscan Ware trio in the Mille Fleuers design - I wonder why it's called that? !

This design has a vibrant colour scheme of a multitude of pink, rose, yellow, and blue spring flowers and green leaves.


I love these patterns with a black background, the contrast is so striking and the guilding adds a little extra luxury and the nice thing about this cup is it is in such beautiful condition.

This cup has a really delicate fluted shape which is virtually impossible to show in a picture, but it you can feel it in yor hands because it fits perfectly. The interesting thing about this picture is that it shows the join in the pattern which must always be a challenge for chintzware designers.

The cup handle and inside rim of the cup and the rim of the gently scalloped saucer also has gold detailing.

This china is really delicate. When I was taking these photographs I noticed how I could see the sun through the cup.

Here is the backstamp. I haven't been able to find out much about this manufacturer or pattern from my chintz reference books or on the internet.

To celebrate the fact this cup is in such perfect condition I used it for a cup of one of my favourite teas - Cool Mint, made from a blend of spearmint, peppermint, green rooibos and a hint of nutmeg - delicious. Plus a dainty little chocolate brownie. Any brownie experts out there don't look to closely as it is well risen because I had added self-raising flour before I put my brain in gear! I have to say they were still yummy though!

If you would like to know more about Teacup Tuesday, pop over to Terri's lovely Artful Affirmations blog here. You can find links to other people participating in Teacup Tuesday this week as well, so do visit them. Teacup Tuesday is a collaboration between Terri and Martha - who I always forget to mention - Martha, I am very sorry, do visit Martha and her wonderful collection of teacups here.

Thank you for popping by my virtual cabinet again this week.

Elaine x


  1. This a real beauty. I could fall into the field of flowers and never come out!

  2. Oh my! What a lovely luncheon set! It happens that I have a coffee set with exactly the same chintz pattern!
    I love chintz patterns; I have a little collection of Brazilian chintz china.
    Thanks very much for sharing this true beauty with us!
    best wishes

  3. I think black is such a stunning backdrop, wish more tea cups did this. I love your set!

  4. Very beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing. Karie

  5. Such a gorgeous teacup trio! I do love chintz! Yours is especially lovely!


  6. Oh my but you have an amazing cup here! I love the black background, it really makes the vibrant colors of the flowers stand out. You did a fine job photographing it too.
    Millie Fleurs means "thousand flowers" in French.
    Follow this link to a paragraph about it.



  7. ahh another chintz! how pretty is this cup! love it!

  8. What a beautiful teacup! I love the sweet, vibrant colors against the black background.

  9. Hi: Love the tea cup. Chintz are my favorites. Don't worry about not mentioning my name. Terri is the brains in the family. I am so glad you joined us again. I never get tried of Chintz, ever! Blessings, Martha

  10. Elaine, I just wanted to stop by and say "Happy Easter!"
    I hope you have a very special day.

  11. Elaine! I love all of your chintz. This one I have on my blog for Mother's Day. What a beauty. Just found you and I think you are so lucky to own such fabo chintz.
    Ruthie: Please come visit Lady B and me at:http://www.ladybstimefortea.blogspot.com/