I was minding my own business, (yes working!) looking for furniture for clients in my favorite antique store in our area; and this bird; this happy little bird caught my eye!
What a delightful, fey,whimsical, little bird! I was captivated!
Shelves all over the store filled with them!
plates,bowls. platters of all sizes, cups, saucers, espresso tiny cups and saucers! Oh my heart!!!
There had to be story about all this; I could see subtle differences in the glaze color, in the application of the trims; and even slight differences in the bird!
I asked the owners, (twins who know everyone and everything about Santa Barbara County for the last 100 years!)
“Oh yes, Mrs. Flood collected this pattern for 50 years or more!”
Oh happy day! Mr and Mrs. James Flood bought the 37,000 acre “Rancho Sisquoc” in Santa Ynez, in 1952. Mrs. Flood died recently at 94 years old.
This is her collection of this Italian majolica.
Mrs. Flood went to Italy on her honeymoon in 1934.
That is when, in the small town of Monte Lupo,she was also
captivated by this happy little bird!
She returned at least once a year to add to this collection;
( and we learned later at the San Francisco Antiques Show); she enlisted her siblings, children
and nephews and nieces to add to it when they travelled to Italy !
They were told not to come home without at least one piece!
At the Antiques show , we ran into “Jimmy Flood” her son
who was in my husband’s class in grade school!
We also ran into her niece ; Mrs. Gamble,
she told us the whole story!
“You bought all my Aunt Lizzie’s china!”
They were delighted that a “friend of the family” had bought
the entire collection!
I purchased all 120 pieces of her lifelong collection; and here they are on my shelves!
What luck! And honestly, they make me happy just to look at them! And I eat at least one thing from them every day!
This is a charming little bowl
these little tiny cups I think are for espresso.
Here it is piled up and even more charming in its irregularity!
My guess is that this one is earlier than the others. This bird is a little different; and the circle around the middle is new;
I think probably a different artist , but in the same pottery! This has been a pottery town since the 15th century!
A few chips add to the charm to me!