Our pick this week is a small, unassuming piece from Fostoria Glass, the Chintz individual sugar bowl. I came across this last week and was struck by how a simple object embodies so much beauty and charm. We can hold pieces like this and feel connected with the past; you can use it and yet it shows great craftsmanship and design. In many of their longer running patterns Fostoria made two sizes of creamers and sugars, the larger size usually about 3 1/2 inches tall, and a smaller size that was under 3 inches. They marketed the smaller sizes as "individual" and I've seen them sometimes called a "hotel" size. You could buy the sets complete with little trays. Oddly the larger size seldom had a a matching tray. This Chintz sugar bowl is a little under 3 inches tall, 2 7/8 inches, and correspondingly dainty. You can tuck this away in a cupboard or leave out on a shelf to catch the light and look so pretty. Fostoria used their Baroque blank for Chintz and those molded fleur de lis look great with the twining rose vines and leaves. It's a charming pattern that I like more and more each time I see it. The Chintz miniature sugar bowl is listed in our Etsy shop CatladykatesGlass. Shopping with us is like antiquing with your best friend. Photos and text copyright 2013 Kathy Eickholt.
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