Upland Game by Copeland Spode is one of the first set of game bird plates I acquired.
When we were setting up the Cape House a bunch of years ago, Elise Abrams helped us select some turquoise and blue tableware to go with the “beachy” theme of the house. It was autumn that year, and she happened to have this set of game plates on hand in anticipation of American Thanksgiving. I was instantly smitten.
When I have set tables with them in the past, I’ve tended to highlight the blues and greens, pairing them with turquoise needle-etched and Venetian glasses, along with some wild blue berries that we have growing in the Cape in the fall.
The cobalt gadroon edge with blue, green and rusty red highlights is unusual for game plates, which usually have an autumn colour scheme in more earthy tones.
There are twelve plates in all. My favourite is the grouse with the little puffy yellow babies, one of which is plonked right on top of Mama. That plate always gets pride of place when I arrange them in the china cabinet for an autumn display.
One fine day in early fall I hauled all the dining room chairs out into our back yard and set a table for twelve, so all the plates could be included (didn’t want anyone to feel left out, especially with Grouse getting favourable attention).
On a side note, you will see I have two versions of the barley twist oak dining chairs. The ones with the cutout in the back are from England and date from the 17th century. My grandparents brought them over when they emigrated to Canada in the mid-1960s. With typical British practicality and general insouciance regarding objects less than 1,000 years old, they were in daily use when I was a child. A common saying is that Americans think 100 years is a long time; Britons think 100 miles is a long way. I’ve found that to be very true.
I inherited the chairs when my grandparents passed away. I was slightly more hesitant to use them on a daily basis, but not much, and was very pleased to come across six coordinating chairs at Country Dining Room Antiques. They’re likely from the late 1900s. So now we have ten. The padded portion of the seats pops out, and I had them all recovered in the same fabric. The “blank” for the seats is identical, apparently, because they’re interchangeable across the chairs, regardless of origin.
The Wild Goose tureen is by Kaldun and Bogle, and is from Houzz. I thought it fit right in with the theme!
I styled the table with a burlap runner from Save on Crafts as the foundation.
Beach plums, fresh red pears and oak leaves form a backdrop for the pillar candles. All free except for the pears, which were delicious!
The glasses are from Replacements.
Scintillatingly named “14196-11 Amber” by Tiffin-Franciscan, the 6.5″ water glasses were very well well priced. They pick up on the warm, sunny accents on the plates.
The stylized flowers around the edge are depicted in a lovely colour palette.
With so much activity centre table, I stuck to simple white, rolled napkins in grapevine napkin rings from Amazon.com.
It was such a sunny day I had a bit of trouble getting good shots without too much glare.
But the sun obliged by disappearing behind the clouds from time to time, so I hung in and snapped away. It was a very fun table to set and play around with.
I hope everyone is enjoying the extended warm weather this fall. Have a great weekend!
I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.