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.
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.