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I’ve previously mentioned my penchant for ironstone. Though the “good stuff” is over a hundred years old, it’s simplicity is modern and classic. There are some pieces that yielded to the day’s trends – as some handles  turned architectural and angled when Art Deco was en vogue. But, in it’s creamy white glory, ironstone blends with everything.

Ironstone was prolific out at Marbuger Farm. I hesitate to say “trend” as it’s not like some mid-century or Victorian flash-in-the-pan for designers — ironstone holds it’s weight (and if you’ve ever held a piece, that can be significant!) through styles and seasons. Here’s a few pictures of some of the great ironstone I saw:

I really loved the wall of tureen lids. In and of itself, it was an artful display — but, in practicality, it was useful to see what you can do when you find a handful of mismatched pieces. I also loved the way some of the booths used brightly colored paper to line their spaces, as it allowed the ironstone to truly shine (and gave great ideas for new kitchen wall color).

If you’re not into flora or fauna tableware and prefer to keep things simple, ironstone is a beautiful way to add history to your table in an understated way.

And seven does it for the Marburger series! Again, a huge thank you to Tara, Ashley, and the rest of the great staff at MF!


Photos courtesy of dealers Pat White’s Christmas, Pijnapples, and Old and Proud, at Marburger Farm.

Catch up on the Marburger Farm posts here: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

Disclosure: Tickets were provided by Marburger Farm. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author alone.