Saturday, January 29, 2011

The "Tole" Story

The term tole painting comes from the French word, "tole peinte" which was a popular form of decorative painting on metal from from 1700-1900.
This style of painting is referred to as 'one stroke painting'. Typical designs were often flowers, fruit, leaves and swirly swishes (you know that technical term). 

Early toleware used Japan-paint, which is a varnish-like paint that resembles an Oriental black lacquer finish. However, most of the toleware that we are familiar with, trays and other decorative kitchen-ware, wasn't varnished.


I've added rhinestones, gemstones, and various vintage findings to this vintage Toleware set (probably 1940's or 1950's).

 Listed soon, at Age Before Beauty.


  1. Jen I love this set! So unique and pretty! When are you going to list it?

    1. Hello! So good to see you and thanks for visiting my neglected blog! I'm sorry to say that post was some time ago and the earrings listed and sold quite quickly. But thank you!!!!!

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