Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Cul Noir pottery and shabby chic fabric

A couple of weeks ago I bought two attractive side plates from one of my favourite dealers.

We must be on the same wavelength as I always find lots to buy from her and much of it stays with me. I loved both the colour of the glaze and the naively drawn flowers but it was only when I was washing off the price label that I read "cul noir" plate.

Too late to ask Tess, I googled and found a helpful blog reference and images; my French fluent friend had already translated "black bottom" but I learnt that this refers to the dark glaze underneath the piece. The pictures I found all featured blue and white designs, almost a French willow pattern, rather than the simple flowers I have. Underneath both plates I can read Tours but sadly the rest of the writing is indistinct so I can only assume they were made near or in Tours in the Loire valley.

I'll be thrilled to be further enlightened if any of you reading can help.

I've owned this plate for a while and although it is glazed in the same colour all over in other ways it resembles my floral plates. I love the perfect piecrust edge.

They all work very well alongside newer pieces such as this great Wonkiware jug; this time last year I was in South Africa and visiting the Wonkiware factory shop was the ceramic equivalent of being let loose in a sweet shop.
Since I don't intend to part with these plates I'd better get selling some of my textile items!

This is a very pretty print, too fine for cushions but perfect for a small shade.

I love this simple pictorial print, both for the depiction of the scene and for the pairing of the red tones with a soft turquoise. I've also a piece of barkcloth in similar shades and I hope to make cushions in that which will work together as a group. One of my customers says she likes to find fabrics that together tell a story.

This faded "shabby chic" floral with tiny birds is perfect for lampshades so I've used it to cover a  pair of frames. They would look lovely in a cottage bedroom or adding light to a console table. I decided to add a pair of cushions to the "story" and what better design to pick for the 14th Feb than this heart on linen.
Hope you're having a romantic day!


  1. The plates look like cul noir which is a traditional pottery made in Tours. I have been collecting it but only found one shop in Paris where they sell it, and they told me the art of making it is nearly obsolete. C'est dommage.

  2. Its Brilliant idea for interior designing.Shabby Chic fabric is so good.