Hey! Elegantly etched transferware, featuring beautifully depicted foliage and wild birds. On sale! Where?
Look no further.
Autumn Vine by Williams Sonoma is a new pattern this season. Described on their website as:
“Opulent yet understated, these porcelain salad plates are embellished with lush vines and wild birds in a striking monochromatic palette. Inspired by vintage English transferware, our original illustrations add bold sophistication to the autumn table.” That certainly sums it up. Better yet, it comes in three colours. This elegant grey…
A perfectly scrumptious purple…
And the rich burgundy, to which I succumbed.
I love all three colours. It was so hard to choose! BUT, I’ve already got Country Estate by Juliska, in “Flint” which is a similar presentation to the grey, so tempted though I was, I resisted.
And purple transferware. Yum! But Romantic England has a toehold there.
All right, then. Burgundy it is!
I was able to snag some hydrangea that had donned its fall wardrobe, shifting from its summer pink to a deep burgundy red, and I added in some Japanese Maple Leaves for further colour.
Let’s see if we can figure out which birds these represent. I’m pretty sure these two are quail.
I love the headgear on the top one. It really makes you understand the origin of “fascinators” for British women.
And this one is a pheasant, judging from the tail feathers.
Oh, the exquisite detail on the leaves in the background and how beautifully the artist has rendered the different textures of the feathers.
Now, what are these two chubby little guys?
They look like a sparrow, don’t they? Though with the shading under the chin, er, beak, I’m not sure. Could be a finch, too. Any birders out there who can weigh in? Update: a reader tells me it’s likely a black-capped chickadee. Thanks!
This guy is definitely a good ‘ol turkey. Just in time for Thanksgiving.
So, he got the turkey salt & pepper shakers I picked up at HomeGoods. The dinner plate is Martillo Wine, originally from Pier 1, but that colour has now been discontinued. I’m actually short one plate (have 7, not 8) and have not been able to track down a replacement, frustratingly. I have saved a search on eBay and hope to come up with one eventually.
Pottery Barn had some marvellous mercury glass votives in a variety of sizes, and the colour coordinated really well with the plates and the deep burgundy of the hydrangea. As an aside, both Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn are having a 20% off everything sale right now if anyone is tempted to augment their fall tableware.
Mellow fall light, a mild day, rich autumn colours. Happy sigh.
Juliska clear Graham goblets held up their end of the deal with quiet elegance.
Faithful Danieli flatware from World Market toned with the galvanized chargers and steel wire “nest” napkin rings.
And Norwood paisley napkins from Pottery Barn added some warm earth tones to coordinate with the bark-covered vases and the burlap runner.
Good wishes to all my American friends with all their Thanksgiving preparations. It’s a big week ahead, with travel, food shopping, baking and table settings. I’m with you in spirit!
I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.
Beautiful table! Love your choice of dishes, they are right up by alley. Your centerpieces are just fabulous! My hydrangea are gone now, we had snow and ice last night! Can’t wait to look around your blog since this is my first time to visit.
Thanks for visiting, Judy and welcome! I hope you enjoy a trip around the blog. Please let me know if you have any questions; I’m always happy to chat. Enjoy your weekend and good luck with your Thanksgiving preparations.
Dear Helen, I swoon every time I see those Juliskas; so lovely and well balanced. The birds are California quail, golden pheasant, and the last looks like our little passerine friend, the Great Tit. They have a pronounced “bandito” black eyestripe and white cheeks. Before I left the Alps I hung boules of compressed fat and seeds for them–they are little acrobats and need rich winter food. Saw the first sweet little Robin Redbreast last week! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nv035VEsCWc
Wishing you a cozy and wonderful Thanksgiving; OH will be in from London just in time for a butterflied BBQ leg of lamb and Gulf pink prawns. Looking forward to seeing your holiday tables…
Thanks, Beatrice! I can always rely on you, 🙂 I will update the post with the correct information.
I was recently reading that the British robin is a completely different bird to the North American robin. The British Robin Redbreast is a lovely little thing. The North American ones (like everything American) is so much bigger!
“The American robin (Turdus migratorius) is a migratory songbird of the thrush family. It is named after the European robin because of its reddish-orange breast, though the two species are not closely related, with the European robin belonging to the Old World flycatcher family.s are different (and the size of aircraft carriers, some of them; huge, like everything in the US).
Enjoy your lamb and prawns! And London! It should be lovely with all the Christmas decorations up. Happily for us, we’ve already had our Thanksgiving dinner and can thus turn our attention to Christmas preparations.
Each type of robin has its charms. The redbreast is a tiny tidy bird with a rotund shape perched on the most delicate legs. In my West Coast life used to watch the Turdies eat fermented pyracantha berries and stumble around like town drunks on the lawn…lol.
This is a glorious, perfect table! The hydrangea and gorgeous photography bring to mind an old masters painting !
You’re too kind, Mary! But thank you.
I am not an expert but I love birds. The “maybe sparrow” on gorgeous plate looks like a sweet black capped chickadee to me. Sure can understand why you couldn’t resist these and a promise I’ll keep my eyes open online for your mussing 8th plate.
Ah – thank you! I’ll revise the post accordingly. I love birds but know nothing about them. So helpful to have knowledgeable people weigh in.
At Replacements.com a newly just arrived plate might be a nice almost Martillo wine red plate for your missing 8th. It’s called ” Woven Traditions paprika” by Longaberger.
Thanks so much! That’s quite similar and I like the detailing around the rim. I have unearthed a worthy substitute in Pioneer Woman’s Farmhouse Lace. Very reasonably priced, too.