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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tablescape Tuesday – Brown Transferware

Tablescape Tuesday is sponsored by Susan of Between Naps on the Porch.

For Thanksgiving this year I have little to do other than shop for some of the groceries to take with me, since my mother and I will travel to be with other family members. So I just had fun setting the table with my brown and white dishes. I’ll be setting up the Christmas holiday table once I get back from the Thanksgiving weekend.

The linen placemats are in a paisley design with green, blue, and brown on white.
The large cloth napkins (22 inches square) with hand-worked border and main corner are off-white with some brown threads. I found them last week at a local consignment shop - six for $10.00. The napkin rings are wood with brown ridges.

For the centerpiece I used my by-now-familiar large covered pumpkin dish set on a white ceramic stand. Tucked under the stand are brown hydrangea stems with white and green sprays tucked in. Two matching smaller pumpkins are at each end as are two dark wood spiral candlesticks. Underneath are two of the napkins.

I started out with a white tablecloth underneath, but decided I wanted the polished table to show instead. Don't you agree that it looks better?

The dinner plates and berry dishes are Royal China "Wellesley" made in USA. The pattern is unusual with its stylized flowers. In the same "Wellesley" pattern, but made in England by Woods & Sons, is a covered butter dish - brown base and printed top and one 8.25" serving bowl. Wedgwood Queensware Ivy embossed bread and butter plates have "Wellesley" berry bowls set in them. The silverplated flatware is in different patterns that I have gotten from my mother and from thrift stores.

I used two different glasses -- "Virginia" goblets in brown by Fostoria, and clear "Vendange" goblets by J.G. Durand from France.

The other items include clear glass gravy boat and ladle, white embossed footed square plate, and four different salt and pepper sets.

The salad/dessert plates in brown and white transferware are by Royal Stafford, England.

I enjoy using placemats on the bare dining table and letting the rich brown set off the place settings.

For more delightful table settings please see the list of participants at Susan’s blog.


Susan (Between Naps On The Porch.net) said...

Hi Carrie,
Thanks for catching that link...I just corrected it. :-) I love your tablescape...and yep, I like it minus the tablecloth. The centerpiece pumpkin is perfect with your china. The napkins are beautiful...you got a bargain on those for sure! I love the brown and white transferware...reminds me of the brown and white china I bought recently. Thanks for sharing this wonderful tablescape! Susan

Anonymous said...

Absolutely perfect. What talent you have. This is so fun to see such terrific ideas.

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Anonymous said...

Beautiful tablescape Carrie!

Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels!

Salmagundi said...

Just beautiful! I love brown and white dishes - they are so versatile. Sally

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful combination of color and patterns you created here Carrie!! I really like this table!

Melissa Miller said...

~Beautiful~ Have a blessed Thanksgiving. :)

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Carrie, I love the china pattern combined with the pattern on those placemats. I would probably not have thought of putting those two together. I wouldn't have had the vision to see how pretty it would look. Your tablescape is beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving. laurie

Glenda said...

Those candlesticks are very unusual and look really good on that beautiful wood tabletop. I also prefer it without a cloth.

Tardevil said...

Love the brown & white dishes. I got some plates (not many at a thrift store), but have never seen the butter dish...what a great find. Love it with the white pumpkins. Have safe travels & lots of turkey! LOL!

Deb said...

Hi Carrie! This is so beautiful! The pumpkins, the dinnerware. I loved everything right down to the butter dish. Deb

Anonymous said...

Your transferware is so beautiful! You've really set a festive Thanksgiving table. Oh, I'm so sad...I saw your Fostoria glasses at an antique shop and wanted to buy them, but they were too expensive for me!! Oh, I almost cried I wanted them so badly. Yours are gorgeous on your table.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

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Unknown said...

Gorgeous tablescape! Perfect for Thanksgiving!!

Anonymous said...

Very pretty Carrie,,,have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving dear friend...hugs and smiles Gloria

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Hi Carrie,

That's a beautiful tablescape! I love those ceramic pumpkins and the little stands they're on.

Have a safe trip and Happy Thanksgiving!


Schotzy said...

OH! so pretty! Festive!! BTW, you're tagged! Check my site for details! Happy Thanksgiving!