High quality French faience pottery is renowned for its warmth and visual appeal, and Choisy le Roi was one of the premier producers of beautiful wares for just over a hundred years, between 1804 and 1910, according to the Majolica International Society.

This set of six polychrome transferware plates were made around 1880. The stories they could tell!

They depict charming scenes of antique French society, in vivid yet soft colours. They’re an Etsy find, which I unearthed when looking for another Choisy le Roi pattern that I’m dying to share with you. (Spoiler Alert: I just photographed it today and it involves French rabbits, cabbages and radishes – perfect for Easter. Stay tuned!) Update: just posted it Choisy le Roi French Rabbit Plates for Higgins-Seiter.

What immediately stuck out (at least to me) was the visual contrast between the cheerful cobalt/ French blue colours and the soft sage backgrounds.

I was originally going to style the table with more modern, cobalt glasses. I was thrilled, however, to have a chance to use these somewhat awkwardly coloured blue optic antique goblets. I love them, but they’re a challenge to pair up.

See what I mean? Pretty, but “cheerful”!

The hydrangea formed a great bridge between the green and blue, and was also combined in the antique twist stemmed candlesticks.

Jewel dinner plates by Spode provided a soft background in similar tones to the gilded-edge Choisy le Roi antique plates, and modern glass chargers from Pier 1 echoed the gilding. 

I furthered the vintage vibe of the plates with bakelite handled flatware. Wheaton Striped green napkins from Pottery Barn in a similar soft green to the sage Vine Boutis runner from Williams Sonoma added another casual “French” touch.

Victorian glass decanters are always a welcome addition. I can’t remember where we got this set, but it comprises two decanters and one jug. We use it all the time.

Chicken wire covered glass jars from Harvest of Barnstable carried on the soft gold tones, along with my oft-used gilded open salts (from Chirp, now folded into Etsy, I believe).

These have an aqua interior, which always reminds me of an opal.

It makes me feel like rushing off to France for a charm-fix, perhaps involving croissant and a large cup of cafe au lait, imbibed slowly at a romantic sidewalk cafe.

In the meantime, I’ll just nibble on a croissant here, and enjoy the local scenery. 🙂

I will leave you with one last picture. Enjoy!

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