Dishes And Fishes: In Which I Am A Dish Dectective

Hey, you know what? It’s 9 days into the new year and we haven’t talked about dishes yet. I KNOW!

Well. The DIL and I have casual conversations about cars, mostly about car colors. She likes the way Nissan does Black Amethyst on their Rogue model. I couldn’t afford to give her a car for Christmas but I did find a lovely old candy dish made of Black Amethyst depression glass. If you haven’t seen it, it’s glass that sits there minding its own business looking like shiny opaque black glass and then you hold it up to the light and BOOM! – purple. She would probably rather have had the car but was too polite to say so. I think she liked the candy dish, though.

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The vase is a good example of the way the light shows purple when held to a strong light. The low dish on the red background is the actual candy dish for the DIL.

bBack in the summer, I was just cruising around looking at things on eBay and I came across some wacky bowls that had a simple design which reminded me of those 3D chalk drawings that make it look like there’s a hole in the sidewalk but it’s really a trick of perspective. I shared it in an IM conversation with my daughter because it was the kind of off-beat thing she would like – and she did – and then we moved on. But I couldn’t stop thinking about them so imagine my happiness to find that they were still available. I bought them as a Christmas present for my daughter who does a lot of random informal entertaining.

Cut to other random eBay trawling. I thought I might be able to find other pieces for her but without ID, I was limited to “hardboiled egg dishes” and “tomato dishes”. So I gave up and turned to one of her other main areas of interest – keeping her food from touching on a plate. This must have been  a big thing in the past because eBay is loaded with vintage three-section dishes called grill plates. One of my first searches brought up these:

Recognize that tomato?

Those tomatoes!!! The way the food casts little shadows!!! YES!!!

Again no markings or manufacturer ID but of course I snatched them up because who wouldn’t? Duh. It was set of two and the other plate has a lemon, some parsley and a beheaded sardine on it. … Wait … A sardine, you say? Like they featured on New Scandinavian Cooking?- a cooking show filmed in Norway which just happens to be the source country of Figgjo Flint dinnerware?
Oh yeah. It’s on now. And sure enough - these are Figgjo Flint dishes. I managed to cobble together 7 grill plates, one salad plate and the bowls for her Christmas gift but I am hampered by the fact that eBay sellers don’t know how to list these things without ID  and I don’t have a definite way to search for them. eBay.co.uk is a different story. That joint is loaded with them and they’re marked on the back. Look at this stuff:

right? RIGHT?

right? RIGHT? Nothing at all as interesting as these pieces ever shows up on American eBay.

Sadly - tragically – the sellers there won’t ship to the USA and even if they did it would be a frightful cost, plus a customs fee and the very likely issue of damage while in transit. So I continue to do sad random searches for these and to content myself with the knowledge while that I might not have a 7 piece hors d’oeuvre set, I do have possession of the only plate featuring a beheaded sardine that I have ever seen.

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Post Script: I have a feeling that my daughter doesn’t even like these.

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9 thoughts on “Dishes And Fishes: In Which I Am A Dish Dectective

  1. After a few year of helping my wife run a collectibles shop, I realized that of all the things that could fascinate, only Black Amethyst accomplished this task. I never really like to sell the stuff because I liked it so much.

  2. I had to look at that last picture for a few minutes before it quit looking like the back instead of the front. An almost perfect optical illusion. A multi talented dish indeed!

  3. I love, love, love the beheaded sardine dish. Talk about a conversation piece. And someone actually thought of using it as dish decor.

    I have recently become addicted to Scandinavian crime fiction. They eat some interesting things over there – I would never have imagined there were so many ways to eat herring.

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