Friday, March 19, 2010

Tea for Me with Spode Mayflower

Today I'm featuring a transferware pattern by Spode Copeland entitled Mayflower. The pattern features a transfer in the delicate shade of lilac with hand applied enamel color in the various roses. Each piece has a slightly different floral center in pink shades with touches of green and yellow. It's an absolutely stunning pattern, very collectible and highly sought as well. The Mayflower design was first registered in the 1929. It was re-introduced later (I believe in the late 1990's or very early 2000's). The pieces I'm showing are all vintage pieces from the first round of production. 

I've paired my cup and saucer with a large under plate (meant for a soup bowl) as my dessert plate. I'm having a cup of tea and some pastries for brunch.
I first laid a pink crocheted shawl across the table, added a peachy-pink pretty scarf swirled around, allowing them both to hang over the table, and then began placing my dishes and flowers.

I used my Great Grandmas, Mimi, little vase that my Mom gave me and filled it with some silk flowers in pinks and lilac along with some greenery with pink veins.

I used a napkin I bought long ago (my girls used this a coverlet for their Barbie beds when they were little) which is white with little pink, lavender and blue flowers and a nice white ruffle.  I tied it with some lavender ribbon I had here at home.

Click  HERE if you're interested in purchasing this cup and saucer.

A Homes Poetry for the Day:  A Tea Thought

It is very strange, this domination of our intellect by our digestive organs. We cannot work, we cannot think, unless our stomach wills so. It dictates to us our emotions, our passions. After eggs and bacon it says, "Work!" After beefsteak and porter, it says, "Sleep!" After a cup of tea (two spoonfuls for each cup, and don't let it stand for more than three minutes), it says to the brain, "Now rise, and show your strength. Be eloquent, and deep, and tender; see, with a clear eye, into Nature, and into life: spread your white wings of quivering thought, and soar, a god-like spirit, over the whirling world beneath you, up through long lanes of flaming stars to the gates of eternity!" 
Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927): Three Men in a Boat

Here are some other photos of the Mayflower pattern.  I thought you might like seeing some of the floral variations.  Isn't this such a pretty, Spring-y pattern?  So delicate, dainty and so very girly!  

Demitasse Cup and Saucer

Egg Cup

Platter 17"

Soup Tureen

 15" platter

Border close up view

Close up of the flower on the demitasse saucer

Photo of a backstamp / makers mark found on vintage pieces from the 1930's -40's

I've linked up with these lovely ladies, Laurie for her first ever 'A few of my favorite things, Saturdays' , Sandi, Rhondi, Lady Katherine and Marti, at Tabletop Tusdayand  Beverly for Pink Saturday so be sure to see all the gorgeous posts there which all have a little, or a lot, of pink!


  1. What a romantically beautiful table. Oh, how I love looking at china - especially old china. All of these examples are gorgeous! laurie

  2. I too love looking at beautiful china and my dear you have some stunning pieces, I loved them all, the purple and white, wow Loved that...Phyllis

  3. What an absolute dream of a romantic tablescape vignette!..,

    I'm very much enamored of old Ehglish china patterns; those blue and white transferware dishes with the touches of colour and tinting in the central portion of the various motifs, are nothing short of stunnningly and fabulously beautiful!!

    Thanks for visitng my blog as well; I'm glad that you enjoyed my little assemblage of dishes.

    The cow creamer that you inquired about is a 'Burleigh', 'Victorian Chintz' pattern made in Staffordshire England. ~ The darker square chintz motif plate is made by Myott Son and Co. and is the 'Appletime' pattern..,

    Thanks for inquiring..,

    Cheers from Wanda Lee Of The Plumed Pen

  4. Such a beautiful romantic table! I love it! Have a great weekend and Happy Pink Saturday! Sherri : )

  5. This set of china is so beautiful! Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for showing it in such a pretty setting!

  6. I have a couple pieces of this china that I bought at an antique store a couple years ago. I'm going to have to pull it out to see if the backstamp looks like yours or if it's a newer piece. Regardless of how old it is, it's absolutely gorgeous and perfect for spring!

  7. Just beautiful! Happy Pink Saturday!

  8. You have a great collection of transferware, The plates in your dinning room are pretty. I have a couple of red&white that I put out for Christmas. Along with a couple of green&white. Thanks for your visit today, Julian

  9. Happy Pink Saturday! Beautiful table! You really grabbed my attention with the scarfs as a table covering. Read your other posts also. Does your family actually eat at a beautiful table setting like that? My husband's such a "man" that I couldn't even attempt something that lovely.

  10. Nancy,
    I have a few pieces of the Mayflower pattern. It is quite lovely. My main pattern that I have of Spode is, Fairy Dell. I was wondering if you knew the history of that pattern. I feel like it was probably produced in the 20's? I will featuring it soon on Tablescape Thursday.

  11. I have a couple of those demitasse cups and saucers! But what I like most is the pink and white pitcher in the background -- that is amazing!!

  12. OMG!!! What a tablescape to die for!! It is drop dead gorgeous! LOVE the Pink and the china and everything!! Simply fantastic! can you tell I am going crazy over it????? LOL!!

  13. Your dishes are beautiful. I've never seen any like them. I was out of town last week and didn't get to come by, so I'm sending you a big "Welcome" and Happy Pink Saturday today!

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

  14. Your display is lovely, as are each of your items.
    So pretty for spring.

  15. Gorgeous collection, beautiful shade of lavender! You should check out my today's post, maybe you can help me out! Thanks!

  16. Oh my what a beautiful table, you sure know how to put things together beautifully.
    I was wondering the same thing as Charlotte, there is no way I would even think of something like your beautiful table at my house. LOL.

    Come visit me at Decorating My Tin Shack, I'm having a give away.

    Happy Pink Saturday.

  17. That pattern is just so pretty. The colors are calming and relaxing. I love it. Thanks for sharing and posting.

  18. Your table was just gorgeous. Everything was perfect,and romantic and beautiful. It should be in a magazine,,the dishes are so very pretty,and oooo,that tiny egg cup just stole my heart.I collect egg cups..and yours is wonderful. Happy Pinks..

  19. Happy PiNk, Nancy

    This transferware design is simply divine! The lilac background with the contrast of the flower colors are just so elegant.

    Thanks so much for visiting me today to see all of the beautiful dress forms and my rose petal photography. Come by anytime... :0)

    I hope you are enjoying wonderful weather for this first day of Spring!

    Stephanie ♥

  20. Nancy,
    This is just gorgeous! I love all your treasured items mixed together to make such a stunning display! Your dishes are beautiful...I love the colors and delicate flowers. Thanks so much for sharing!

  21. Another devine set of transferware. Beautiful tablescape and so romantic. I am curious when you started collecting transferware and what was the first piece you bought?

  22. Oh my should come to my house and decorate. You have a gift of interior design.
    Joyce M

  23. Hi Nancy....i'm your new follower...
    nice blog darling!

    ciao bella

    stop by sometime! see you soon!

  24. Your china is beautiful, Nancy. I stopped by your blog because of Pink Saturday. While I came for a specific visit I'll be back often. I really love your blog. Pink or blue :-).

  25. This is a wonderfully post!

    Sorry to visit so late, but glad I could enjoy your pinks!

    Happy PS!

    In Shoes we Trust,
    Maggie Mae
    "Do these shoes match this purse?"

  26. Loved seeing your beautiful dishes, oh my would I love those. Your photograph is excellent too.

  27. This mayflower pattern is soooooo pretty! :-)

  28. Very nice - Happy late Pink Saturday!

  29. Nancy, I just did a post on my newest transferware purchase. Would you mind taking a look and letting me know if you have any info about this pattern? Also, I would love for you to enter my giveaway.


  30. Magical!! A stunning and beautiful post!! I am charmed by the beauty here! Wonderful!

  31. What a beautiful china pattern. You have a wonderful set.

  32. Hi Nancy
    Your china is gorgeous and I love the beautiful setting you made for tea. The Spode china is beautiful. Thanks for showing us so many pieces.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  33. Hi Nancy,
    I have to admit, I was a bit confused about the bathroom makeover! Glad you emailed me to straighten me out. Your tea is lovely! I really enjoyed it and the Mayflower demi-tasse is especially sweet. You know though, my eye went immediately to your lovely red and white pitcher!! I adore red and white transferware! Thanks for joining my Tea party today and have a wonderful week.


  34. All very pretty! The pink shawls really coordinate beautifully with the china!


  35. Nancy, what a beautiful vignette. I love your linens and shawl, that really created such a lovely backdrop for your stunning Spode dishes. The pattern is just beautiful. Your little vase is stunning too. Everything is beautilly displayed. Love it. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  36. Wow, your table looks beautiful! To throw together such a combination of things the way you did, and end up with something so pretty as this, kind of puts my own imagination to shame a bit, but at least inspires me and opens my mind to something new!... LOVED that your girls used a napkin for a Barbie bed coverlet! Now THAT sounds like something I would do!!! I LOVED my Barbies when I was a kid, and was always playing with them, and making things for them!... Nice to meet you today! ~tina

  37. Nancy, Absolutely elegant and stunning! Wow! I love your blog, Nancy!

  38. So,so lovely! The Mayflower is beautiful! The shawl, the napkin your girls used. Such sweet memories! This Tea Vignette is wonderful. I so enjoyed seeing all the wonderful pieces you have! Thank you so much for joining me for Tea Time Tuesday! I enjoyed this so much! Just lovely!

  39. That is a very beautiful china pattern. In pictures it looks so fresh and contemporary I couldnt believe it when I read it was from the 1920s. It's gorgeous.

  40. I love the way you displayed everything! The table covering really adds to the coziness and beauty of everything else. The china pattern is so feminine and delectable. Joan


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