Sunday, July 29, 2012

Circa 1913-30

Please think about and idenify what you see.  
 Of course, lighting makes a difference in the plate colors but can you idenify the eras of the various elements?  Can you idenify the time period of the glassware?  What item is the oldest in the tablesettting?

I am sure your answer was the plates. The plates are circa 1913-30! They belong to my good friend Charlotte and were her mother-in-law's plates from New Mexico.  Green glasses are my 70's wedding gifts and if you have read my blog you have seen a number of times.  Everything else is new. Chargers are from World Market. Silverware from Williams Sonoma, tortoise shell vases from Ross( a gift from my DIL)and clam shell from Ballard Designs. Napkin rings were a gift from my blogger friend Monica@texasfiestafan used previously here.

This is the back of the plate circa 1013-30, Solian ware- Soho pottery Cobridge from England. It looks like she paid $20.00 for each plate and since she has been deceased a number of years it had to be a long time ago. I have to wonder if the Memory Lane shop still exists today and where it is. They originally lived in Arkansas and moved to New Mexico. Several of my friends joke about leaving price tags on things especially antique pieces so their children won't sell them at a garage sale for nothing.  Thank you Charlotte, for allowing me to photograph Marion's dishes. They are special. Correction: Sorry, I got the story wrong. The white plates I used as a layering plate belonged to my friend's MIL. The Soho pottery belongs to my friend, Charlotte. She bought them at Renniger's. It is such a small world someone from Memory Lane might have read this post and recognized their label. I just googled Memory Lane Antiques and there are nine or so sources in different states and of course, their are two Renniger locations. I will have to ask her which Renniger's location she purchased her plates.

 Plates are different in this photo. Can you identify the plates and their age? The plates are mine and are  Royal Caldron from England probably early 40's or so.  I need to do a little research on them. I like using the same centerpiece and like using a different plate for an entirely different look. Changing the napkins would really make a difference too.
 Each plate has a different floral pattern.

Working on lighting here trying to photograph the vases so you can see the pretty tortoise shell design. They look much prettier with the light shining through them don't you think?  Thank you Johanna, for suggesting these vases as a gift for me. Now, I need to have some people over before the hydrangeas wilt. Sometimes they dry beautifully and sometimes they don't.

 My floral plates usually reside here.
Many times, I think about a blogger tablescape throwdown and laugh to myself. Wouldn't that be fun! When I am struggling trying to finish a tablescape I always think about now what would all the great tablescapers do?

Linking to Seasonal Sunday and Tablescape Thursday.


  1. Hi There my friend!

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful table setting.

    You always manage to do everything so elegantly.

    Love the plates, the flowers, the whole thing.

    Have a good week


  2. Thank you for visiting my corner of blogland and your sweet comments on our gardens.

    Your table settings are both beautiful! It's amazing how just a couple changes - and the look is completely transformed.

    I took a little stroll through your blog and your gardens are gorgeous! Love the stone wall you added .. it looks brilliant. And loved the photos of your visit with your son and his family , the peacocks are breath taking!! Blessings, HHL

  3. Wow! Love those plates. Love the whole table. Simply beautiful.

    Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  4. I see we have the same hydrangea blooming now and yours are perfect in the tortoise shell vases. In fact, the table is perfect no matter which plates we see. We're I there, I'd be most appreciative!

  5. Hi Bonnie! Oh, what a beautiful tablescape! I love your lovely dishes and the hydrangeas are so pretty too.
    Thanks for popping in to see me and have a great week.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  6. Bonnie, never doubt for a moment that you ARE a GREAT tablescaper!! Love those oldest plates!! Oh, my they are perfect with your hydrangeas and vases!! beautiful, beautiful tables! blessings ~ tanna

  7. So exquisite. The colors are so up to date too. I love your vases stuffed with the hydrangeas. I haven't been able to do any tables lately and miss it but no time. I am lucky to get any posts out! I
    really enjoyed your eye candy today!

  8. That is one of the prettiest table settings I've ever seen! I love those colors mixed together. They're so earthy and nature inspired. The pattern on the plates really stand out against the solid colors used around them. I've always liked tortiseshell vases. My mom has one I think. This table setting would be pretty at Thanksgiving too!

  9. What a beautiful tablescape!! You certainly have a flair for decorating!!! Love the vintage plates. My sister-in-law just gave me a lovely set of Limoge antique plates with an "A" on them. (My maiden name was Atwood), so she thought that I would enjoy them. Wish I had a formal occasion to use them, as they are very elegant. There were only 7 - probably had been 8.
    I'm already looking forward to fall. It lends itself to such creative tablescapes with all of the natural materials ( and materials that "look" natural).Sometimes I go overboard, as I want to use all I have.
    Thanks for sharing your creative skills with us - always a treat. Maxine

  10. Hi Bonnie,

    You've done another beautiful table. All the elements look just great together. Those tortoise shell vases are gorgeous with the light shining through them. I like all the plates you've used, but I think my favorites are your floral plates. They remind me so much of antique botanical prints -- lovely!

    Thanks for your comments yesterday, Bonnie, and I hope you have a great week!



  11. Another beautiful table. The floral plates are so pretty on the table as well as your wall! Can't get over your hydrangeas either. What a shade of green. I think your tablescapes are awesome. I admire the bloggers who do them because of the time and effort involved. Well done!

  12. Bonnie~ Your table is beautiful with your plates and your friend's! I love your set with the four different blooms and your hydrangeas are beautiful in your tortoise vases! I love the clam shell as a centerpiece :)

  13. I'm a trompe l'oeil artist, and I once did a painting over a clients door that very closely resembled your plates on the black wrought iron plate rack. The tables designs are just gorgeous, and those transferware plates make my mouth water. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  14. Beautiful! I love those first plates. SO pretty! I have ALOT of dishes but not reall GOOD ones:) We are building a new house and I will ahve a DISH ROOM in the basement!!!!!!!!!!! I am SO excited about that! Love your hydrangeas too. XO, Pinky

  15. You are a master
    at this, Bonnie! And
    I love the melding of
    different eras into one
    very pretty table. How
    lucky your guests must
    feel to sit down to such
    a visual feast!!

    Happy Thursday,
    xo Suzanne

  16. You set a beautiful table Bonnie! Love the colors you used and the play of organic against the gorgeous dishes. I will have to look for those chargers ... they would be perfect for my table! I am so jealous of your flowers ... not sure I could get a hydrangea to survive the Florida heat but seeing your table sure makes me want to try!

  17. Jen, Thank you so much. I couldn't reply since you have a no reply email so I wanted to thank you for your sweet comment. Just shade and lots of water hydrangeas will grow for you.

  18. Hey, Bonnie! I obviously have NO sense of time whatsoever! I didn't guess the plates! I'm ashamed. :-( I need to brush up on my periods! :-) The whole look on both settings is beautiful with the lush hydrangeas as the starting point. How fortuitous that someone from Memory Lane was reading your blog and able to help out! A great symphony of lovely pieces! I hope you're enjoying your weekend!

  19. Very beautiful and elegant. I especially love the first set of dishes.

  20. Hi Bonnie~ I was reading about your sister road trip and drooling over that gorgeous loft apartment in Reader but when I click on it, it says the page I'm looking for does not exist...

    Love the brick walls and kitchen especially! Those Anthro cups for your cup a java are adorable :)

  21. What a gorgeous tablescape! Your china is lovely! It is so elegant! Both sets of china are fantastic! Love the Hydrangeas!

  22. What a gorgeous table setting. I absolutely love the green goblets!

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