While I have been a long time lover of blue and white porcelain, I have loved the white cutout china called "blanc de chine" ever since seeing the matching lamps of my best friend's mother when I was a young girl. I never have forgotten those lamps, which were very popular in the 1950's, when many of our fathers brought them back from the far east while serving in the war.
A new Etsy recreation:
Blanc de Chine also applies to white china of this period - like this exquisite vintage dragon:
West Elm has introduced a metal cutout lantern that vaguely reminded me of the look.
A bit more versatile than blue and white, Blanc de China porcelain can add a 'collected' layer to any decor. Do you have any? I want more (like that little girl on the State Farm commercial).