I get inspired to create tablescapes in several ways. In about equal portions, it’s the pattern on the china itself, a particular colour of glassware, a seasonal theme and lastly, a particular flower. This one was the clear, lucid purple of the hydrangea. I love these hydrangeas and of course they pick up the amethyst in the Venetian glass so well.

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Niggling in the back of my mind were these hand-painted dessert plates. The green and peachy colours were the most prominent shades in my memory, but I also recalled a bit of purple. Sure enough. Many of the plates had a goodly portion, and this table setting came together.

There are twelve different plates, all hand painted and feature sea creatures – highly appropriate for Cape Cod. I think of them as my “crustacean plates”. (Good grief, the cutlery is crooked in these pictures, the photographer mutters. Well, you get the idea on the plates in any event…)

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The little footed open salts are a recent acquisition from Elise Abrams Antiques, where I originally acquired the amethyst goblets and the spiral twist gold Venetian goblets. The “crustacean plates” were from Wisteria Antiques in Brewster, Cape Cod.  The gold & white dinner plates and the chargers are modern, from Pier One. 

 

 

 

 

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