It's especial nice when the toile is vintage and has the look and feel of something that has been around for a while. Jamie Oliver's At Home cookbook and TV series, which came out in 2009, is a good example. In the video clip below, at 2:22, you can see Jamie pull out a pretty pale blue toile platter to build his Rice Pudding and Hot Strawberry Jam. (Yum!)
Toile, once only available to the wealthy, can now be be found on drugstore shelves as well as in the priciest shops, so clearly the quality varies widely. Vintage pieces are still pretty easy to find in thrift shops. Look for fancy labels like Spode and Wedgwood and for clear, not blurry, lines and patterns. For a brief history of toile dinnerware, also known as toile transferware, visit this page on the Eras of Elegance website.
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