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.
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…)
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.
What a lovely table. I love your hand painted salad plates, they are spectacular! I also think that the gold edged chargers look like a fluted shell extending out from the salad plates. I’d love to “play” with those hand painted plates and see what other colored linens and/or accessories would bring out in the designs. Thank you for sharing. MM
Thanks Marie. I’ve done the plates with peach coloured glasses, but I’d love to do something that picks up on that vivid lime green!
Very pretty. The Venetian glasses and the gold glasses are both lovely. I have picked up some gold colored stems but struggle to identify them. Those open salts have got to be my favorite yet. Nicely done.
Hi Lorri! I love those little salts, too. They’re actually a set of 6, so the goodness gets spread around the table.
If you want to email me a picture of your gold stemmed goblets, I’ll try and help with the identification. Two sets of eyes may be better than one! 🙂 You can get me at email@example.com.
Thank you for the offer of help. I will try to get some pictures this weekend and email you.
Wow those are the prettiest dishes! At they Limoges? The salt sellers are lovely and so are the stemware pieces. You really have some of the finest dish collections I’ve come across!
Thanks, Liz. Yes, the plates are Limoges and all twelve are different. I was of two minds about the amethyst glasses before they followed me home. I really wondered how much use I’d get out of purple goblets. Ha! They’re among my most used now, next to the gold ones. Glad you enjoyed the table!