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Mexican Vintage Glassware

perfectly conveys a nostalgia for "Old Mexico"

Outdoor living is a way of life in Colonial Mexico. The breeze is cool, the church bells can be heard in the distance, and the bougainvillea and sun-dappled fountain delight the senses. As the sun sets, amigos often retire to the portal for a "copa" of something cool to drink. Whether serving limonada, margaritas, or your favorite sangria recipe, these vintage glasses are a must.

The simple pitchers and glasses no doubt evolved from the wish for something beautiful, but nothing as dear as crystal. Hand blown and hand painted, this glassware is meant to be as lively as a fiesta! Although the exact date of origin of this style is not known, everyone agrees that painted glassware has graced the tables of Mexico "forever".

To perféct the mood of your gathering, a painted "hacienda vase" with fresh flowers continues the vintage theme. We first ran across this funky vase in a San Miguel de Allende antique store. The owner swore that it was from the 1930s. After searching far and wide, we found the "taller" where the same vases are still made today.

Call up your amigos. Prepare your favorite libation and casually arrange some fresh blooms. Put on the new Lila Downs…the hottest CD around. Suddenly you are transported back to "Old Mexico", and the cares of the day fade away. "Con seguro!"

Mexican Vintage Glassware, Pitchers and Vases are available in a variety of sizes and prices, and are surprisingly affordable. Yes, the paint does wear with use, which is part of the charm.

By Debra Hall
ZOCALO Fine Folk Art
San Miguel de Allende, MEXICO
Pátzcuaro, MEXICO