It all started with these gray mushroom plates. I can't even describe them, and have tried Googling with no such luck. I thought to myself that they were so ugly, no one's going to want to buy them (I spotted them at Goodwill). Then when I was thinking of my new color pallet for the kitchen: black, white, gray and yellow. I was thinking how great those plates would be as an interesting coversational piece of art. I was out of state and wasn't getting back til 2 days later. Mind you, there were only 2 plates, and 2 mugs. These weren't old timey, I'd actually be willing to put money on them being Urban Outfitters; Anthropologie, Crate & Barrel or some of the other trendy places.
Obviously, by the time I had gotten back, someone else must have had the same idea. They were gone. I was pretty bummed out because I had grown to love them in my mind.
I looked down, and saw the most beautiful plate ever. It had flowers and a rose, and it incorporated black and gray. I thought, "Hmmmmm, could I make that fit into my new decor? I MUST have them!" There were 3, all at .99 a piece and one similar but different. I snatched up all 4 plates, and the plate that doesn't match the rest had 2 bowls, so I grabbed them too.
I got home and typed in the China plate numbers on the back. The one that stands alone came up with Edwin Knowles. I searched for more information about him, and couldn't really find much. I don't see his stamp on the back, which makes me believe that it's a replica... which is TOTALLY FINE with me. I was just hoping I could be pointed in the correct direction of a retailer as to where I could purchase more.
So here they are. As stated, my photography skills aren't very good at all. And they really don't do these plates justice, but they are stunning!
I have seen people selling the Edwin Knowles plate on eBay, but I'm not willing to pay what they are asking.
This is the plate that has Edwin Knowles associated with it:
(don't forget to click on the pictures that are blown up, so you can see the detail and the colors!)
I originally wanted to hang them on the wall, but then I got this crazy idea to use my china cabinet for CHINA rather than a catch-all for DVDs, car parts, and miscellaneous stuff!
That's a whole 'nother blog (pictures included!)
The dishes are displayed in my china cabinet on $1.49 wooden plate stands from Christmas Tree Shops. Since then, I've found a handful of plate stands at Goodwill (I've decided that the WalMart and craft store plates stands seemed too cheap looking, and were more expensive).
I also want to point out that when I had the idea to hang them on the wall, I started reading around and A LOT of people my age have plate collections. My boyfriend jokes and says it's an "old lady" thing, but these plates aren't meant to be diplayed by old women! LOL