A few weeks ago, just before Christmas, I was in a Thrift shop (Pegasus on Kingston Road, Toronto, always good for interesting inexpensive finds) looking for a Christmas container, when I came upon a charming little rectangular plate of unknown vintage, unknown maker. Decidedly not Christmassy. Apple blossoms in two corners. I paid $2 and left without anything Christmassy.
It’s been sitting on my kitchen counter for about 5 weeks, with tangerines and other passing ephemera taking a rest on it, because it matches nothing I own, and doesn’t fit with any other dishes because of its size and shape. Still, I am very pleased with it.
This morning I was struck out of nowhere with the realisation it did indeed match something I own. Among my miniature teapot collection there’s a wonderful bit of occupied Japan reproduction by the fabulous artisan Janice Crawley.
And yes, they seem made for each other.