It’s fascinating to browse the thousands of china patterns we have here at Classic Replacements. It’s like watching the progression of modern history in front of your eyes. Every design tells you something about the time period in which it was made. Many patterns made years ago would clash with the modern home, while some of today’s flashier patterns would be most offensive to a 1950’s homemaker.
Take Syracuse Sherwood China for example. This is a classic older pattern with a simple laurel blue design, ivory background, designed to fit in with comfortable, cozy, daily living. A heavy favorite in the fifties and sixties, today it is barely known at all. Even the company that made it, Syracuse China, is out of business in the USA today.
Contrast this with the Christian Dior Renaissance pattern. An absolutely striking, bold pattern awash in color, this pattern epitomizes the recent trend of designer china. A modern bride’s table delight which fits right in with today’s hot styles of designer clothes, handbags and shoes. It’s also a pattern a hostess from the 50’s would never consider serving on. Way too flashy, way too loud for that time.
This is not an attempt to judge or arbitrate which perspective is more accurate, possibly they both are. Culture is a creator and a product of it’s time. China patterns are no different.