Sometimes the elements of an elegant table come together all at once, and others appear over a longer time. This table, reflecting natural elements centred around birds, is one of the latter cases.

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It started with the museum reproduction creamware soup tureens from Mottahedeh. Very delicate, with intricate detail, these pieces are a delight to behold.

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I purchased the large tureen and two small ones to use as centrepieces.

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The twig placemats were a welcome addition, although these are the second rendition. The first ones I purchased several years ago were constructed like rafts, rigid and unyielding, with a dismaying tendency to warp. After several tries soaking them in hot water, then placing them under heavy weights in order that they dried flat, I gave up in disgust and discarded them.Then I found these, which are strung together, and roll up nicely for storage.

The linens came from Pottery Barn a couple of years ago. The runner features very pretty stylized birds, and the napkins are embroidered with a nest containing pale blue eggs. French blue antique Venetian goblets and modern Venetian candlesticks coordinate perfectly.

The pièce de résistance, however, are the twelve hand-painted antique plates, each one featuring a different bird.   found them quite by chance one day, when I dropped into visit at Elise Abrams Antiques, and a table theme was complete.

I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.