Saturday, May 8, 2010

~ Joan of Arc, Antique Majolica Plate ~ Inspiration




This beautiful antique majolica plate has served as a starting point a few times while I was contemplating what colors to decorate a room with. One year even Christmas decorations were influenced by the colors when I incorporated the purple color.

I fell in love with the plate the first time I saw one at Renninger's Antique Market in Mt. Dora. It was priced at $165 and I had no idea what it should cost without doing some research on it, so I passed it by. After I got home, I found a set for sale from France and bought all six at a better price. Two went for Christmas presents to my mother and sister, one I sold to a good friend who already had one plate, and 3 stayed with me. One for Sweet Daughter, and 2 for me. And until I just wrote that, I totally forgot that one of them should actually be in her house right now!



The colors still suit my fancy just fine, beautiful lime green and turquoise. The purple is great accent color, but I don't use it in my decorating. The turquoise seems even more enticing to me now!

I've been asked a few times where I found this plate, so I checked to see if any are available on-line and they sometimes come up on Ebay. The price is excellent.

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A little about the plate:

It depicts Jeanne d'Arc standing in front of the Chinons' castle where she met Charles VII.

Joan of Arc/ The Maid of Orleans (French: Jeanne d'Arc) 1412-1431, is a heroine of France and a saint. Born a peasant in eastern France, she led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years' War, claiming divine guidance, and was indirectly responsible for the coronation of Charles VII. She was captured by the Burgundians, sold to the English, tried by an ecclesiastical court, and burned at the stake when she was nineteen. Twenty-four years later, on the initiative of Charles VII, the Pope
reviewed the decision of the ecclesiastical court, found her innocent, and declared her a martyr. (Source: Wikipedia

Have a Wonderful Weekend,
&
Happy Mother's Day!
See Y'all Soon~

6 comments:

  1. What a beautiful plate that is! I'm very seriously considering purchasing one. Pieces that have a story are quite fascinating and make for good conversation pieces I think.

    I've a fairly large collection of plates from Norman Rockwell. Some are re-prints but still older. I've taken the most beautiful ones out and displayed them in various ways but no matter what I do they always get the "Grandma" look going on. They really don't match anything at all....yet I still collect them. Your beautiful plate could find a place somewhere in my home. Decisions, decisions!

    Such a lovely piece! I love your posts! Oh I almost forgot..I mentioned your blog on a post a few days ago. It was Kitchen ReVamp #1. And I coerced my dear friend into following you when I set her account up. =) I do hope people come over and see all your lovely post. You're such an inspiring woman!

    Happy Mothers Day!

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  2. Hey, Donna, I saw your comment over at Gina's & isn't it funny, how small this world is. It has been 10 years, hard to believe. Thanks for coming by, I've got some new garden pics going up tomorrow, so you'll have to stop by & see them. I'm pretty happy with what I've managed to do over here.

    I LOVE those plates & remember when you found them. They are SO vibrant with those colors & you are so right about the aqua. Aren't we all smitten with that now?!

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  3. Happy Mother' Day Dear Donna!!

    What a beautiful and very special plate - so representative of you and your talented eye for detail and color hues....

    I hope you and your sweet family have a wonderful day together tomorrow. Please give your puppy hugs and kisses from Maggie.


    Love you VERY much.

    Kim

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  4. Hi Donna,

    I wanted to pop in and say Happy Mother's day to you !!!

    Love that plate !!!

    All the best,
    Kathy :)

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  5. Hope you had a lovely weekend. I just love this beautiful and inspiring plate. The colors are gorgeous and I could see how this could be a wonderful starting point to decorating a room. Well take care my friend! See ya, Deb ;)

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  6. That is a really beautiful plate! I love the colors in it and see how it would inspire you.

    I hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day!

    Manuela

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