April 8 2020
We love a fancy table at Lavish Shoestring, and not only on special occasions. Here is some traditional inspiration from our team.
December 12 2019
Blue & White tableware has been in vogue for the best part of the past 200+ years, and it is ...
June 8 2018
Why not make every day tea time a bit more of a festive occasion! The couple above are looking qu...
May 8 2017
A major influence in the Arts & Crafts movement at the turn of the century was a revival of v...
April 8 2017
Art Nouveau movement owes much to William Morris (1834-1896). He fiercely challenged the aestheti...
March 7 2017
Arguably, Pugin is credited to be the spiritual father of the Arts & Craftsmovement. As he hi...
February 1 2017
Blue and white ceramics have been popular for hundreds of years, starting with the Chinese exports back in the 14th and 15th centuries. Transfer decorated blue and white was invented in the late 18th century and remained super popular ever since. This article explains briefly how it was made.
October 11 2016
Berlin Iron is a term applied to a group of cast iron items that were produced in parts of 19th century Prussia and in the modern day Germany. The assortment ranged from small decorative items to furniture, while jewellery represented a very large portion of production.
July 5 2016
I have always loved blue and white china. As a little girl I remember my mother telling me the story of the oriental princess as she helped me to eat with my first cutlery. Each spoonful revealed more of the picture and as the story continued I happily finished my eating. I never tired of the Willow story and the trick always worked!
April 1 2016
In the 1950s US Post Office has scrapped the use of dip pens and inkwells in all its branches acr...
January 5 2016
Nowadays in the popular culture the name of Christopher Dresser (18034-1904) is often associated with his revolutionary metalware and especially silver plated tableware designs. However, Dresser originally was preoccupied with designs of ceramics, textiles, furniture and home interiors and only relatively later in his career he began contributing to the design field for which he is now particularly adored.
November 11 2015
The popularity of using as well as collecting decanters has increased over the last few years, al...
February 8 2015
Most candlesticks made before the 18th century were cast on one piece of solid brass. Very high c...