Sunday, May 9, 2010

My Mom's Favorite Collection


For as long as I can remember my mom has been drawn to Vienna Art plates. With colorful borders, art nouveau styling and beautiful portraits, they fit in seamlessly with her other Victorian pieces and serve as wonderful inspiration for color combos as we design our ornaments.

Produced around the turn of the century, these metal plates were America's answer to the expensive hand painted German and Austrian portrait plates and were used as advertising and promotional items. Can you imagine spending enough at the general store to earn a gorgeous plate?

Be sure to visit Mary over at Little Red House for more pretty mosaics. And Happy Mother's Day!

31 comments:

  1. They are quite lovely ... it's a beautiful collection. I love the plate showing the lady with the candle.

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  2. The plates are beautiful on there own, but in the mosaic they look fantastic.

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  3. That's such a beautiful collection of such beautiful plates! They look super in the mosaic!

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  4. Beautiful collection! Love the colors and the pretty ladies. I can see why your Mom likes them :-)

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  5. GORGEOUS plates! These are stunning... And what a great tribute post to your Mom, Amanda, highlighting something she love. :o) ((HUGS))

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  6. Amanda I love those plates! I have never seen a collection such as these...love the colors and the style, so very unique!

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  7. I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like these. They're remarkably well-preserved!

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  8. Oh I love those gorgeous plates! Beautiful mosaic! I don't blame your mom for being drawn to them....Christine

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  9. Now that's a collection after my own heart...thanks for visiting me...just wanted to let you know the pink quilt was one of the three that was off the internet....its one I want two make. Trish

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  10. WOW They are just wonderful, each one of them are just stunning!

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  11. Hi Amanda, thanks for stopping by my post today. The transfer ware you noticed on my header has a crack on the top, just a dark line actually, and very old. I will probably never put food in it, but I could not resist it at the consignment store. I have occasionally seen those plates, but never in such a beautiful collection. So wonderful to find your blog. Will be back. blessings
    QMM

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  12. How beautiful they are. Very special. Lovely that you can work with your mom.
    Lovely mosaic

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  13. Those are beautiful Amanda and look ever so good in that mosaic. Thanks for visiting me again today.

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  14. What an interesting bit of advertising history! I've never seen any of these plates anywhere, but they're lovely. The collection makes an eye-catching mosaic.

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  15. Amanda..
    first thanks for stopping by my place..
    next..what a neat Mosaic!
    Beautiful!!!
    also, so wonderful that you can work with your mom..enjoy every moment of every day!
    warmest hugs..
    Loui♥

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  16. Ohh, these plates look like as if from a museum of fine arts. Gorgeous!

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  17. From time to time I see a plate or two similar to these. They made a lovely mosaic. I am so glad that you stopped by and hope you visit again soon.

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  18. Those plates are absolutely beautiful and make an amazing mosaic.

    Carol

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  19. Amanda a collection of treasure indeed!

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  20. That is such a fabulous mosaic of those beautiful plates. Each plate is so pretty-what a stunning collection!

    Best wishes and thanks so much for visiting us today!
    Natasha.

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  21. What a lovely collection - your Mother must have been so happy each time she collected one of these. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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  22. A beautiful collection. I love the colors they used in the plates. Thank you for sharing them with us!

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  23. Lovely collection. I had never heard of Vienna Art plates so I learned something today. Great post.

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  24. Lovely plates make a lovely mosaic, I've never come across them before but I can understand why your Mother loves them.
    Thanks for visiting Normandy, call back again soon,
    ~Maggie~

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  25. Lovely collection. I also went to your Etsy and ofcourse I added you to my favorites, for futre purchases.

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  26. Very beautiful collection. Vienna Art plates are new to me and I can see why your mom enjoys them. Lovely!

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  27. Very pretty collection. Thank you for stopping by to see my mosaic for the birds.

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  28. These plates are breathtaking. I have a friend who collects Edwardian parlor pillows (I have four myself) with probably some of these very same images on them. BEAUTIFUL!

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  29. Thank you for your visit, Amanda. Please, what is the open compote? I know very little about milk glass, but I do know that it goes much farther back than some of us realize.
    Have a great day!
    I'll be back.
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  30. Thank you so much for the great idea of glass balls in the fruit compote bowl. I love the idea. I'm putting a sticky note in there, under the fruit so I won't forget. The things I have to do to remember... ;-)
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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