Blue and White Mis-matched studs


Mismatched Blue and White Studs from the early 20th Century. One earring was once a handle for a cup decorated with Blue and White vines and the other from a dated sherd. Possibly from the year of manufacture - or perhaps a celebration cup for a victory.


About your piece of Blue and White

During the 1850's and 60's a group of artists and intellectuals associated with the Aestheticism movement discovered antique blue and white ceramic. These artist who valued Art for Arts sake - art that didn't make moral points but was appreciated purely for it's visual pleasure.  -  were fascinated by the beauty fo Chinese Blue and White porcelain. In their 'search for beaity' influential Aesthetic artists like James McNeill Whistler and Dante Gabriel Rosetti eagerly collected these ceramics, also known as 'Nankin' or 'Old Blue' which were seen to embody the true beauty in colour, material and form.

Blue and White quickly became fashionable, not only among artists but also among the growing middle class, who collected it to demostrate their artitic and cultivated tastes. One of its appeals was the universally appealing colour combination, which mirrored the natural blue and white of the sky and brightened up the typically dark Victorian interior.