Post by Main Admin Account on May 10, 2006 21:19:21 GMT -5
Kirsten's Pottery Grade: A
Finally here it is ladies!
My daughter got this set for her nineth birthday. She uses it for play alot and has been in the house for 6 months. She loves it. Likely is I will never buy the Rowe pottery set but the play value of this is wonderful!
The set is heavily made but no longer hand painted. It does have a decal that is then sealed under the final glaze. There is a very light crackle finish unger the glazing as well and is quite pretty and the rim of the plates have a speckle finish.
There are two woven napkins and a set of silverware for each place setting. There is a larger milk or cream jug and two smaller mugs all with the same bird design. Also included are two turned wooden bowls. So nice! I can just imagine her father crafting them! Lastly is the table cloth. It is a two tone woven mat. I love the quality of it with small knots finishing each stripe.
I LOVE this set. It's put away right now (I only ordered it because of retirement scares, am saving it for another occasion), but I snuck a peek first. Overall, the quality is superb. Everything is very realistic, and like exact miniature versions of what the real thing would look like. The silverware is one of my favorite parts. As seen in the picture posted earlier in this thread, it's exactly like the real thing. I also really love the woven tablecloth. A+
Post by PleasantMemories on May 21, 2007 13:36:06 GMT -5
I love Kirsten's Pottery set. It is such a timeless piece. Although the dishes are breakable they are heavier and more solid than any of the other Historical AG dishes. The plates are larger than Josefina's and can hold a hearty meal. The dishes also match nicely with Kirsten's table and other party accessories.
I wish that Kirsten and Addy had different silverware. However, all and all that is a minor issue. I also wish that the dishes still had the hand painting that they used to. Here are some of my Kirsten dishes.
My first set is stamped Rowe Pottery and was purchased no later than 1990. This is my favorite and the most detailed of my six sets. The cups and pitcher are particularly detailed. It is the smoothest and largest of my six sets.
The second set is also Rowe Pottery. This set was purchased in the early 1990s. this set is less detailed than the first set. The clay and the blue paint is a little darker. he set does have some fine speckles which are characteristic of the pieces from this era. The whole set is not pictured, since I keep this set in a display case.
The third set was purchased in 1997 and is made in portugal. This set also appears to be hand painted and has speckled clay. This set has less detailed birds, is smaller and has a kind of shiny glaze. I have another set (not pictured) which was made in Taiwan and is essentially identical.
The Next set is also made in Portugal and is also hand painted. It is from 1996 or 1997. This was one of the prototype sets sent to Pleasant Company from the manufacturer in Portugal. When Pleasant saw the quality of the set, she apparently 'flipped out'. Dishes from this manufacturer were never sold. Most were given to the employees and the rest were at the MCM sale. The paint on the set is is very light and the glaze is very shiny. They are the smallest of the dish sets.
I wish I could pass the sets around to all of you, as the differences are much more evident in person.
Post by QNPoohBear on Jun 10, 2007 15:42:49 GMT -5
This review is for the Rowe Pottery Set
Each piece is hand-painted and the design varies by set and even by piece. They are beautiful, thick, hard pottery pieces with slight speckles. The wooden bowls are big enough in size to serve Kirsten a good size meal and hold those strawberries that have been falling all over my room for nearly 20 years! The table runner is excellent woven cotton and looks and feels like real Scandinavian tablecloths. The napkins are raw, unbleached cloth with frayed edges. The flatware is lightweight metal and look nearly identical to the original mid-19th century child/doll sized pewterware I have. The pottery is rather fragile and some of the pieces are chipped, but it doesn't show while they are on display. The set cleans with a little elbow grease and soap and water or Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. The wooden bowls are water stained, so people with this collection must find a dry spot to store their set. Overall grade: A
Close up of flatwear. Kirsten's in the middle, antiques on the ends. They are VERY similar!