I adore white ironstone. In multiple colors the look would be cluttered, but in white it looks like sculpture. I have about 5 saved Ebay searches that update me daily on ironstone that's available. For our new house, it fits right in with the farm aesthetic - here is a little info courtesy of Martha.
Ironstone dates to the early 1800; the name and its formula, containing the mineral feldspar, were patented in 1813 by Charles Mason of Staffordshire, England. By the 1830s, enterprising British potters recognized a potential market among rural American families buying china for the first time. They put together services of snowy-white ironstone, predicting that its simplicity and affordability would appeal to the no-frills aesthetic associated with American country life. These pieces, given names such as graniteware, stoneware, pearl china, or feldspar china, are now all categorized as ironstone.Anyway, I have a new BFF named Scott, who just sold me his entire fabulous collection of ironstone. THE ENTIRE COLLECTION. Thank you Scott, you just made 2008. Here are some photos that he took with his camera phone (impressive in my opinion).