The classic style of the white plate means it could have been purchased the same year this white Fireking mini-casserole was made. This is a second hand "vintage" piece that came from a thrift. These pieces are commonly seen with a peach color so I was thrilled to find the white version and knew it would be a great fit for my tabletop. Fireking goes from oven to table and I can envision baking delicious small culinary delights, served as a first course with my lovely basic pieces.
This is one of my favorite examples of my "Old/New" plan. The shallow bowl is classic 1950's. Designed by Raymond Lowey, six bowls and a serving platter a wedding gift to my parents. Mr. Lowey was sort of the Michael Graves of his time. He designed the Coke bottle, the logo for Airforce1 and was one of the most prominent and sought after designers of his day, who also designed tableware. The man considered the father of Industrial Design, created one of my all time favorite China patterns. Ain't I one of the intelligentsia?
This pairing is one of the main reasons I settled on basic white for my daily dishware. The fine china set did not have bowls. A place setting consisted of dinner and dessert plates plus a cup and saucer. These white bowls will also work great as small serving dishes.
One of my goals is to have nice things. I want function, flexibility and economy too. By economy, I don't necessarily mean $$, I also mean that things need to either be small or serve multiple purposes. With a limited amount of storage space, I am very happy to have a touch of luxury for every day that easily crosses over to more formal circumstances. My plain white every day bone china fits that bill nicely.