Currier And Ives were the most prolific and successful company of lithographers in the U.S. Their lithographs represented every phase of American life, and included the themes of hunting, fishing, whaling, city life, rural scenes, historical scenes, clipper ships, yachts, steamships, the Mississippi River, Hudson River scenes, railroads, politics, comedy, gold mining, winter scenes, commentary on life, portraits, and still lifes.
It is said, if you have more than one, you have a collection! When I found four Currier and Ives ornaments at a thrift store……
I didn’t expect it to be the start of my collection of Currier and Ives. A few years back, while thrifting, I spotted them at the cashier station. There was a basket full of Christmas ornaments, marked 10¢ each. I snatched the four ornaments right up. They are one of my favorites.
The ornament top left, Winter Evening
bottom left one is Winter In the Country, a cold morning c1863
A set of Four Season plates. Homestead in Spring, Summer, Autumn Apple Picking and Winter
Thrifting before the holidays I found these pretty winter scene coasters and
Homestead In Winter tin set.
and this Winter Morning in the Country c1873 tin within a few days of the other.
The picture “Summer homestead”, just found, always draws me in with the yellow house and cattle grazing spread feelings of warmth and coziness.
Over the years I’ve been lucky to find single pieces of Currier and Ives transferware dishes. The dishes were on the scene in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The most popular pattern is the Royal China Company which my large dinner plates are.
A set of 10 dinner plates, and 16 smaller plates, and one sugar bowl by Royal China. When I was searching for information I stumbled upon Sheila from Note Songs Currier & Ives posts Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV and Part V. Please click on to view her wonderful collection.
We were having guests for New Years, and as I looked through my 22 dish sets (yes, 22) and eyed my Currier and Ives winter scene plates. The first time I’ve used them and were perfect for a cold, yet homey, New Year’s night.
Coupling the blue with silver and pine cones.
Dinner consisted of a Mushroom Caviar Appetizer, Roast Rosemary Chicken, Carrot Souffle and Creamy Garlic Scalloped Potatoes. Dessert a simple, but delicious Chocolate Mouse.
Did I mention, my Currier & Ives dishes inspired another display…will share soon!