These 12 vintage china plate illustrations feature 6 floral plate designs and 6 fruit plate designs. Frame these 8×8 prints for a lovely grouping!
I ran across these vintage china plate illustrations when I was looking for some vintage winter illustrations from my favorite online source – the NYPL’s Digital Collection.
“Louis Prang (1824-1909) was one of the most prolific and influential print publishers of the 19th-century. His Boston-based firm specialized in chromolithography, a technique of printing multi-color lithographs that eliminated the need for labor- and time- intensive hand-coloring. His output ranged from reproductions of paintings and maps to album cards, business cards and greeting cards, and he is credited with being the first publisher of Christmas cards. These publications feature typically Victorian subjects such as flora and fauna, animals, angels and cupids, and children.”
– New York Public Library
Since we’re knee deep in remodeling our kitchen, these plates caught my eye and I just knew they would or could add a nice vintage touch to our newly remodeled kitchen and/or dining room.
Less you think I’m kidding about the major remodeling/renovating going on in our house. Take a look at these two pictures. The above pictures is of our one and only counter space in the kitchen. This wall houses all our cabinets, too.
The below picture is the wall opposite the previous picture. There were two layers of paneling on these walls, a drop ceiling, faux brick and those lovely fluorescent light fixtures. I’ll share more about our kitchen renovation later, but you can read more about our home renovation here and here.
The plate images were square, so I optimized them to print at 8″x8″. I think they would look lovely matted and framed in a grouping. You could also easily reduce them to 5″x5″, if desired.
Vintage China Plate Illustrations
There are 6 floral vintage china plate illustrations and 6 fruit vintage china plate illustrations, for a total of 12 illustrations. I have merged them all into one PDF for convenience sake. So, when you download the illustration, you’ll be downloading all 12.
(By the way, if you want to see something “pretty cool”, check out these modern plumbing illustrations from 1911.)
Download Vintage China Plate Illustrations
These vintage china plate illustrations are available as a FREE download to subscribers of The Birch Cottage newsletter. You can sign up below:
Then you just need to download the PDF file and save it to your computer. These Christmas prints and all other free printables on The Birch Cottage are for your own PERSONAL USE ONLY.
What You’ll Need
Once you confirm your subscription by clicking on the link in your confirmation email, you will be redirected to the download in the Subscribers Resource Library. The Library is really a shared Google Drive folder and is full of free printable documents, cut files, patterns and more that are available exclusively to subscribers – just like you!
- Downloaded the free china plate prints
- Cardstock paper
- Picture frame (8×8)
- Paper trimmer or scissors
1. Download & Print
Sign up to get the free printable vintage china plate illustration prints using the form earlier in this blog post. Then download the free PDF and print your preferred designs. Remember, choosing the highest quality settings in your printer settings will give you the best quality print.
2. Trim & Cut
I recommend using nice cardstock paper for your prints. Whether you’re using cardstock or printer paper, you’ll want to cut and trim the prints using either a pair of scissors or a paper trimmer to fit the frame for your project (8″x8″).
Once you’ve printed and trimmed your vintage china plate illustration prints to the appropriate size, you’ll want to place it in a frame. If you’re using a matted frame, it may not be necessary for you to trim the print first.
More Vintage Wall Art
If you liked this set of vintage illustrations, you might also like these other vintage illustrations that I’ve shared here on The Birch Cottage blog:
And while you’re at it or if you need additional inspiration, you may want to read my ideas for incorporating vintage botanical prints in your home.
I hope you enjoy this set of free printable Vintage China Plate Illustrations from Louis Prang and find them to be useful for your home decorating.
Til next time…