Painting china was an approved activity for refined young ladies during the Victorian and Edwardian eras, as illustrated by the character Amy in the movie Little Women. While the pastime has gone by the wayside in the wake of keyboarding and iPods, some lovely examples of unknown artists handiwork remain to remind us of that bygone era.

This particular set of eight individually patterned bowls comes with a larger footed serving bowl. The bowls feature paintings of blackberries, raspberries and currants and is from Wisteria Antiques.

We like to use the small shallow bowls for yogurt, berries and World’s Most Expensive Granola from Pen and Fork, so named due to the large quantity of dried blueberries and cherries in the recipe. I substituted dried cranberries for the cherries, Cape Cod being the home of the cranberry. The granola was delicious, although next time I would reduce the quantity of sugar, honey and maple syrup in the recipe as I found the overall taste to be a little on the sweet side.


The purple glass plates are Colette, a new pattern from Juliska, and the clear glass compote in the Graham pattern is also from Juliska. The napkin rings, napkins, runner and square vase containing the granola are all from Pottery Barn.