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Dishes of all styles and not too expensive? China! 1920s, 1950s, 1970s, all periods are an opportunity to discover or rediscover different styles of tableware at affordable prices. Clémentine Pomeau-Peyre, author of the book Vintage tableware , guides us in the search for vintage tableware. Interview by Caroline Delman
What are the different styles of vintage tableware that you can hunt for?
At the end of the 19th century, the dishes were fine and romantic, often with small patterned flowers. White and blue tableware is very present and is also present in all periods because cobalt blue is a stable color that fits well on earthenware or porcelain. In the years 1920-1930 it was the Art Deco tableware. The shapes are geometric with square or octagonal plates. The style is refined, sober. The 1950s saw dishes from the 1920s and the end of the 19th century. The shapes are geometric associated with large flowers for the patterns. For the years 1960-1970, colorful dishes appeared, without patterns.
What are the most popular pieces of tableware?
The dishes of the 1920s are very popular. Particularly that from ocean liners like Normandy or large hotels. The reason is that this tableware being intended for a wide use was more resistant. Silver edgings hold better for example. For materials, we find silverware, silver metal and porcelain. The style between two wars also works well (Decorative Arts). And in general, the most sought-after pieces are the most worked because they are rarer.
What advice would you give for finding vintage tableware well?
Don't try to buy a full service. The old services include about thirty pieces because they are services for 12 people, with 4 dishes, tureens ... So these services sold complete are expensive. Better to buy per piece. And then it is possible to create a service from mismatched parts. The result is unique and original.
Where to hunt for vintage dishes?
First of all in the Emmaüs depots. At Drouot in Paris, there are often auctions of vintage tableware at the end of the year. One can acquire for reasonable sums parts of services or housewives. For shops, here are two good addresses: Boutique Constance Maupin, 11 rue du Docteur Goujon in the 12th arrondissement of Paris and L'argenterie de Turenne, 19 rue de Turenne in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. For more info: Vintage tableware , by Clémentine Pomeau-Peyre, Hoebeke editions, 30 euros