Not long ago, I found 12 cups and saucers of Laura Ashley china, in the Petite Fleur Blue pattern. That dinnerware now has gone to appreciative new homes in Germany.
One of the new owners, Kim R. was so happy she sent me a photo, to show how the new cups and saucers are fitting in with the rest of her china. This dinnerware had been her wedding china in the 1970s.
Stories like this make me feel good! I know how much meaning can be attached to certain sets of dinnerware. We use it every day, and it becomes an old friend.
Even if some of the pieces are damaged or broken over the years, replacing your favorite dinnerware can help bring those happy times forward, as the china is brought out and used, again and again, for everyday dinners, afternoon tea, birthday parties, and other special events.
Laura Ashleydesigns have charisma, born from roots in her love of quilting, which she learned as a child with her grandmother in Wales. Ashley worked for the Women’s Institute in England (think the movie Calendar Girls). Her work was also inspired by traditional handicrafts in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. She started her company with her husband, and the company’s textiles and housewares have always been popular.
Petite Fleur shows the influence of Ashley’s love of needlework. The small flowers, ribbon and rope motifs in the Petite Fleur pattern look like delicate embroidery or counted cross stitch that you might find on some beautiful linen napkins, or even a tablecloth, hand stitched with love.
The Petite Fleur pattern dates from the late 1970s, discontinued in the 1980s. It was made by Johnson Brothers in England, in both blue and burgundy/pink versions. The blue was made for about seven years, but the pink was only produced for about five years. The background for each version is a taupy pink. This china lends itself to mix and match table setting, and goes well with many other ironstone china dinnerware patterns glazed in warm colors.
The Petite Fleur Blue china in the photo looks really nice with those warm pink tulips, too!
The pattern also included the standard piece types, like plates and bowls, as well as serving pieces like teapots, butter dishes, salt and pepper sets, gravy boats and even egg holders, which you’ll see in the larger photo.
What a sweet dinnerware set, and thanks again to Kim for sending this beautiful photo and giving permission to share it!
Upper photo by Kim Roehreke, used with permission. Petite Fleur Blue dinnerware by Laura Ashley, made in England. Petite Fleur inset and second photo by the author, Petite Fleur Pink.