Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tablescape Thursday #7

Hey! We’re back after being away for a couple of months. I want to thank everyone who has been patiently checking back to see if we’ve posted anything new. To be perfectly honest, the blog has taken a back seat while we tended the store and produced a new website. Our dealers have been working overtime trying to keep ahead of all all of our loyal customers. Our sales are way up over last year and we appreciate each and every one of you. We have also launched a brand new look to our website. Please take a few moments to check it out at

tablescape First, I’d like to thank Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for being our gracious host for Tablescape Thursday. If you didn’t get here from there, please be sure to click on the link and see her tablescape and then go on and look at the others that are participating this week!

Yes, I am lucky to be able to walk through the entire store, searching for inspirations to guide me on my tablescape. As I was walking through the store yesterday (Tuesday) I saw 2 different tables that would be perfect. When I came in today to take pictures, they were sold, and gone! Both of them! So, starting over today, I was really getting stumped because we have sold so many tables recently. What I did come across, though, was a set of old china stacked in one of the china cabinets. Here was my inspiration! (you can click on any of the pictures to see enlarged views.)p7080105This is Crown Ducal Ware in the A1476 pattern. More on the china later.

p7080106 I found this crystal glassware in another cabinet. Four different sizes and I don’t know what each are used for. It may even be inappropriate to mix these but it only matters how they look. And they look marvelous!

p7080103 The “tablecloth” is actually an antique net lace bed cover I found in the office. I just thought it looked neat with the old china.

p7080104 This old marble scale with the fruit was just the perfect accent, pulling out the colors in the china and also echoing the fruit in the pattern.

p7080102 Not bad for a techy type guy!

p7080101 After I first assembled the table, one of the dealers said “I have the perfect rug!” So, we disassembled the tablescape, moved the table to the rug and put it back together. And, yes, the rug does complement the china.

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One of the interesting things about this china is even though it was purchased from the same person (it was her Grandmother’s), and all of the pieces are of the same pattern, there are actually three different marks found on the back. Crown Ducal was actually a trade name for the A. G. Richardson and Company, Ltd. This pottery was founded in 1915 in Tunstall, in the Staffordshire area of England. The mark on the top left dates to around 1925, while the mark on the top right was used beginning in 1932. The lower mark was not introduced until the late 1940’s, but you can clearly see the 1476 pattern number on the two more recent marks.

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  1. You did a great job with your tablescape! I love that china, and I think you selected the perfect cloth and centerpiece. The goblets are lovely, too. Great job!

    Happy Tablscape Thursday!


    Sheila :-)

  2. Yes, you are fortunate to be able to walk through a store and pick out what you want - an antique store at that! You picked out a beautiful set of china and set a gorgeous table.

    Happy Thursday!

  3. My TT post is a plan B too! You gotta love those plan B's! The table is lovely. The vintage china is so beautiful! How fabulous that you have an antique store at your disposal to create your lovely tablescapes!

    Thanks for sharing!


  4. What a wonderful playland you get to be a part of each and everyday.. Love the bed netting as your table cover.. it was perfect.

  5. It is hard for me to imagine having such delicate pieces of china. They are so beautiful I would be afraid to use them. You're right, the lace looks perfect with it!

  6. What fun to get to play with all this stuff. They are very unusual pieces of china.

  7. Hi...your table is so lovely and elegant. The dishes are to die for. Beautiful!!


  8. That china is fabulous. Very pretty table.


  9. So glad to you blogging again. Love that antique net lace covering on the table. So dreamy!!!

  10. Very elegant! Such pretty dishes and glassware. So glad to see you back!

  11. How wonderful to be able to pick and choose things for tables. Beautiful china. I love the table covering.

  12. This is all very beautiful! Love the yellow dishes!

    Great job of putting it together!


  13. Lovely table...and a beautiful rug! Happy TT! Glad you guys are back! :-) Susan

  14. The china is absolutely gorgeous. I love it. Hugs, Marty

  15. Just barely getting around commenting on last weeks TT. The china you used is just gorgeous! Lucky person who buys it!! Welcome back and continued Good Luck at your store!
    Huggy Hugs!