If there was ever a set of dishes that I would love to possess, Burleigh's Asiatic Pheasant would be the one. I adore dishes, especially antique china ones with beautiful hand-painted floral designs. I'm always scouring antique shops or local flea markers for unique pieces and not just for serving food! For instance, I use an antique butter dish on my dresser to place my rings and bracelets.
Anyways, to the point! My love of Burleigh began during my time in England. I said that before I went back to the States I would find myself a proper English tea set. Then the last week of my year-long study abroad arrived a set was yet to be found. One drizzling May afternoon, I popped into a Bath curiosity shop ( adjacent to the Royal Crescent) and discovered the Asiatic Pheasant pattern, a delicate blue color in an exquisitely drawn designs of pheasants and florals. I purchased a small teapot and two cups and saucers, which I carried wrapped in as much packaging as would fit into my carry-on suitcase! My friend Jenn also fell in love with the pattern and purchased a pitcher, which she currently uses as a flower vase!
In the past few years, I have grown my collection to a cow creamer, a sugar pot, and a small pitcher from Burleigh's Felicity collection. I hope to someday have an entire dining service because I am lately loving the Asiatic Pheasant dinner plates. So very elegant and British!
Images found here.