My china collection: part 2 - ARPO
I wanted to share something else today, but I kinda like to mix things up and not talk about the same topic in consecutive entries.
So, in this entry, I talked about the china items I have 2 of, as for couples. I promised i'd present to you my ARPO collection as well.
ARPO used to be a Romanian factory manufacturing fine porcelain items - plates, sets for coffee or tea, and decorative items. The factory is now defunct and its demise was the fall of communism back in 1989. This is a short presentation of the company, by Wikipedia, in Romanian. You can easily translate using Google Translate (not sponsored) or any other translation service.
If you click this link, you'll see a selection of items made by ARPO.
Ok, so now let's talk about my collection. I remember that I saw a youtube video in which the creator was saying that if you want to feel good, you should surround yourself with items that you enjoy seeing. In another video, the creator was saying that we all have a set of good things we keep for special occasions.
She was saying that we all know that those special occasions rarely happen, and we should just use those special items. And I realized she was right.
I don't know how I decided that I really like the porcelain plates made by ARPO. I think I just looked up the brand once I had some items in my possession, to try and learn more about it.
I think my collection started with this set for coffee. It currently contains 4 cups, 6 plates, bowl for sugar with a lid, tall coffee pot with a lid, and a cup to pour milk from.
You probably think that i don't have the coffee pot and the other items I mentioned. But you're wrong.
The thing is that at the end of 2020, an aunt of Anna's died. She had no children, so Anna's family is in charge of figuring out what to do with the woman's possessions, which are not many.
As it happens, she also had a set of this coffee set, but with different flowers. I took the set and gave it a good clean, and put it in my collection. in a storage box because i don't have enough space to display them. And i have other coffee or teapots to use instead.
Well, here are the remaining and doubles of this set, if this makes any sense at all. Obviously, the set with the smaller monochrome-blue flowers belonged to the dead aunt.
This blue set is the latest addition to my collection, as you can imagine.
Now I'll show you the plates I have.
i already shared these plates in my previous post. I had 2 of them back then. Now I have 3, as 1 came from MIL maybe around Christmas.
These are shallow, almost flat dishes. They're for serving semisolid or solid food on.
I also have this set of 5 plates I got last year from my friend's mother. These plates are a bit deep, ideal to serve soup in. If you click on the image, you'll see the plates better.
I don't like these plates as much as the other items in the collection, but what can I do.
I almost forgot this plate. This is my favorite and needless to say I keep it as safe as I can. This picture doesn't do it justice, in my opinion.
The stamp on the back is also barely visible. It says ARPO and then a name. I can make out "C. Beargee" or maybe "C. Bearger", all in capital letters.
The flowers on this plate have a texture to them, while the plate is as smooth as it gets. This is a shallow plate, almost flat. I forgot when and where this plate came from.
My china collection is not done. My next entry will have to be on the remaining items that are either random sets or one of a kind.
Stay tuned for that!
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