I love all things French and enjoy learning things about France. In Betty Lou Phillips book pictured above I was intrigued that French tablescapes differ from the typical american tablescapes in several ways.
Something else I found interesting was the water and wine glasses are placed directly above each plate instead of above the knife and spoon as done in the United States. Might that too evolved because of billowing sleeves that might catch on a glass? I don't know but the old adage, form follows function comes to my mind.
The silver charger, or" underplate" is called "Beauhamais." Pictured here is an inexpensive faux charger. At my niece's bridesmaid's luncheon, seen here , we used silver trays as chargers on the main table. If I had thought about it I would have used a favorite sterling tray as a charger today.
You can google Betty Lou Phillips and see a list of her great design books and other blog posts about her work.
Linking to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch. Thank you Susan, your blog was the first blog I discovered four years ago and I was thrilled and smitten from then on with reading blogs and getting to know people like you with similar interests to mine.