There is something very regal and dignified about Pekin, a vintage Royal Doulton pattern.
Produced between 1916 and 1941, its muted shades of brown and grey are enlivened with apple green and rose accents, set within an octagonally shaped plate.
A large Bird of Paradise perches atop a rather stunted tree, gazing off into the distance, as one does before coffee.
The quiet elegance of the pattern invites a closer look at the floral detail. I’m always intrigued how much went into the design of these old patterns. Look at the tiny little dots that enhance the background of the yellow band and the small precise loops that edge the top and bottom of it.
Smoke brown Bohemian Crystal etched glasses from Laurel Leaf Farms echoed the muted shades in the tablesetting. Laurel Leaf is a fun source for one-off vintage items. I’ve obtained some very unusual glassware from them over the years.
Modern Opaline open salts picked up the green in the plates and the Granny Smith apple centrepiece.
The linens are a combination of HomeGoods (the tablecloth) and Williams Sonoma (the jacquard napkins). I liked the complementary nature of the subtle check in the tablcoth and the intricate design of the jacquard. Williams Sonoma brings out new versions of these linens most years. They wear like iron and are very nice quality.
I hope everyone managed to stay safe and dry during through the storms along the East Coast. These fall hurricanes are no joke. It’s heartrending to see the damage water can do; the wind is one thing, but the relentless rain is even worse.
Please have a marvellous weekend and enjoy the first day of fall on Saturday!
I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.