Working at Lonny and touring incredible homes filled with one-off antiques and curios, I've come to appreciate the allure of the old, the one-of-a-kind, the "granny" (as December cover star Ruthie Sommers would call it). Whereas I used to balk at my mom's incessant use of Toile de Jouy wallpaper and avoid flea markets like the plague, favoring clean, contemporary styles and high-gloss anything, I have to admit: change is afoot. So much so, that I've even started a collection. Of pottery.
Not just any pottery, mind you. I'm newly obsessed with jasperware, the bust-adorned, mineral-based designs that can be found in forms as varied as plates, lighters, and brass-handled mugs. First developed by Josiah Wedgwood in the 1770s, the neoclassical collection took its inspiration from ancient Greek urns and Roman cameo glass. Though most recognizable in "Wedgwood Blue," a powdery matte hue, jasperware also comes in black and white, a royal navy, a mossy green, and a combination of all of them (like on the platter above).
While the newly produced pieces can get pricey (we're talking up to $50,000 for an urn), my burgeoning (and budget-friendly) collection started with a diminutive plate sourced from Etsy that I stack on colorful books on my coffee table. Though I'm not going full "granny" anytime soon, I'm having fun incorporating my ultra-classic antique and vintage finds into my more contemporary surroundings.