Movies | 5.2.2019

Mrs. Doubtfire – Pfaltzgraff Trousseau

Mrs. Doubtfire  | 

From our favorite alien in “Mork and Mindy” to the wise mentor in “Dead Poet’s Society,”  Robin Williams had the rare ability to move us from full-body laughter to gut-wrenching sorrow.  But old and young alike will agree that Robin won all of our hearts in his humorous yet soul-touching performance as the beloved British nanny, Mrs. Doubtfire.  In the midst of a painful divorce, Robin’s character, Daniel, struggles when separation from his wife also means limited contact with his beloved children.  Enlisting the skills of his make-up artist brother, Daniel transforms himself into Mrs. Doubtfire, nanny extraordinaire, and applies for the childcare job posted by his soon to be ex-wife.

In this scene, the social worker has paid an unannounced visit to Daniel’s apartment to assess whether it is an appropriate environment for his children.  Caught in his Mrs. Doubtfire garb, he claims to be Daniel’s sister paying a visit from England.  Unfortunately, his mask is destroyed leaving him with no other option but to cover his face with meringue from a dessert found in the refrigerator.  He continues to serve tea to the social worker while meringue drips from his face into the teacups.

Despite the dripping meringue, Pfaltzgraff’s Trousseau patterned teacups provide just the right touch for a proper English tea.  Juxtaposed against Village, one of Pfaltzgraff’s original 1970’s stoneware patterns reminiscent of  Early American colonial life, Trousseau’s delicate and dainty floral pattern coupled with fine intricate lines leans toward the fine bone china of classic English teatime.