The idea for this tablescape started with the French blue herringbone pattern glasses I spotted at Elise Abrams Antiques on one of my visits. Nearby was the tablecloth with embroidered topiary trees in blue and green, an unusual combination. Elise doesn’t carry a lot of table linens, and this cloth, complete with twelve napkins, was just the right size for our rather large table in the Cape.
I took them home and tried out the combination with plain white Queen Anne Pillivuyt porcelain, but the overall effect lacked punch. Nice, but not as outstanding as I had anticipated. No matter – the glasses and tablecloth were gorgeous all on their own. put the the glasses in the cabinet, where they provide daily delight, and tucked the linens away for another day. I figured inspiration would come along in due course, which it did, but from a rather unexpected direction.
I was digging around on Replacements.com one day, looking for some green transferware to complement some Limoges hand-painted pieces I’d picked up in fall tones – deep rusts, oranges and golds. Fitzhugh Green appealed to me, with its simple banded pattern and not too much going on. I bought the dessert plates, and some serving pieces, including the soup tureen, thinking it would be a friendly and practical pattern for cool evenings when we would enjoy a braised dish or soup. I was busy setting up and photographing this fall combination when my daughter Kirsten came home with a bunch of blue & green hydrangea from a farm stand.
We arranged them in the tureen, thinking they would look beautiful on the table that evening, when we caught site of the blue glasses in the cabinet behind. I remembered the tablecloth and pulled it out. Voila. It came together. We added in the turquoise twist Venetian candlesticks for a final touch.
I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.