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Display a Collection

Martha Stewart Living, September 2006

A group of dishes, compotes, pitchers, or any other small treasures you've acquired over the years needn't be set behind glass panels or hidden behind sideboard and hutch doors. Given an open platform -- such as a bookshelf -- these pretty wares can serve as a decorative focal point in a room. Here, Martha's collection of Paris porcelain is simultaneously shown off and protected by velvet-covered shelves, whose deep color sets off the silhouettes of the pieces.


Comments (3)

  • cphipps 23 Jan, 2011

    I also agree about the cats and you don't have to dust them as often either behind glass. ;-)

  • ustabahippie 23 Jan, 2011

    I agree with Pixyled. Cats and Belleek do not mix well. I'd love some ideas for displaying fragile treasures when space is at a premium.

  • Pixyled 23 Jan, 2011

    Lovely porcelains and gorgeous velvet-coveried shelving .. but, personally, this works only in a room where *agile* felines are not at large. I have heavier Bennington, Rockingham and bronzes displayed in this way... but porcelains and antiquities remain behind glass doors. Curious Maine Coon cats, Belleek, Pre-Columbian pots and antique Quimper do not mix! Learned the hard way years ago ;) lol