Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Feeling Daft about Delft

I was looking through my copy of Nancy Lancaster: English Country House Style a few days ago, and I was reminded of how much I admire Lancaster's blue and white plates that hung above her fireplace at the Coach House, her last home.  You can see a detail shot of the plates, above.  I wonder if Lancaster's plates were antique Delft plates that depicted the months?  I can't confirm this; it's only a hunch.  But I also have a hunch that quite a few of you do know something more about these plates, and if so, feel free to drop me an email or comment below.

In the meantime, I did find a few plates that have a similar look to Lancaster's plates.  Certainly these examples are all charming, but they would be even more beguiling in a home decorated like that of Lancaster.

A set of seven Dutch Delft month plates, 18th c.

A pair of Delft plates that are currently being auctioned off on ebay.

A set of reproduction 18th c. Delft plates that depict each month.

An 18th c. antique Delft plate available on ebay.


  1. I hadn't thought about delft in ages. My favorite is Kraak--or the delft ware dating to the 17th c. that imitated Chinese Blue and White porcelain. These example are wonderful. History of the the era painted on plates. Thanks. Mary

  2. I don't know anything about the plates, but knew Nancy Lancaster through the Stratford Hall Board, and always enjoy reminders of her fabulous style. She was one of kind in many ways.

  3. I am most impressed by how such a relatively small room (or small area of a room) can hold so much seating without looking overstuffed. That curved banquette in the corner is great!

  4. I can't speak about these plates but love Blue & White.

  5. Anonymous9:37 PM

    a few of those 18th c ones are identical to Nancy's!!