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Porcelain Breakfast or Onion Boards

185.00
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Porcelain Breakfast or Onion Boards

185.00

One of my favorite things to hunt for are porcelain “onion” cutting boards. The idea was that the onion smell would not seep into the porcelain as it did with wooden boards. They were used every day in most 19th-century French kitchens and few have survived today. Hence, they are highly collectable and difficult to find. The chance of finding 6 of them as a set, just hardly ever happens.

In Germany, heavier porcelain cutting boards were called “frühstücksbrett“ or breakfast boards. They are still used today but are more often made of wood. Each morning, an individual breakfast of cut meats, cheeses, vegetables, and bread would be served on the board. I believe my set is of German origin, rather than French. Although, that is difficult to determine since Strasbourg shares both cultures through the past 100 years. Most are marked and given their weight, I place their manufacture in Germany.

These have all the patina and wear you want and would expect from a functional vintage item of this age. Still, they are in beautiful condition with no chips or cracks. (I do have a 7th board not pictured with a large aged chip out of the top. I will include the board at no charge.) The hand painted work is beautifully faded and only adds to its charm. Clearly, they are valuable vintage pieces. While they are quite heavy, I would only wash them by hand in order to preserve the decoration.

This set of 6 will make a wonderful addition to your collection of antique whiteware, displayed proudly with your ironstone pieces, and enjoyed by all at any simple meal.

9 1/2" high to the top

4 3/4" across

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One of my favorite things to hunt for are porcelain “onion” cutting boards. The idea was that the onion smell would not seep into the porcelain as it did with wooden boards. They were used every day in most 19th-century French kitchens and few have survived today. Hence, they are highly collectable and difficult to find. The chance of finding 6 of them as a set, just hardly ever happens.

In Germany, heavier porcelain cutting boards were called “frühstücksbrett“ or breakfast boards. They are still used today but are more often made of wood. Each morning, an individual breakfast of cut meats, cheeses, vegetables, and bread would be served on the board. I believe my set is of German origin, rather than French. Although, that is difficult to determine since Strasbourg shares both cultures through the past 100 years. Most are marked and given their weight, I place their manufacture in Germany.

These have all the patina and wear you want and would expect from a functional vintage item of this age. Still, they are in beautiful condition with no chips or cracks. (I do have a 7th board not pictured with a large aged chip out of the top. I will include the board at no charge.) The hand painted work is beautifully faded and only adds to its charm. Clearly, they are valuable vintage pieces. While they are quite heavy, I would only wash them by hand in order to preserve the decoration.

This set of 6 will make a wonderful addition to your collection of antique whiteware, displayed proudly with your ironstone pieces, and enjoyed by all at any simple meal.

9 1/2" high to the top

4 3/4" across