Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Lavender Genteel ~ A Romantic Transferware Tablescape

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Although Clarice Cliff, aka Sunshine Girl, is most commonly known for her 'Bizarre' wares of the 1930's, which were direct contrasts to traditional styles of the times, she did lend her name to some beautiful transferware patterns.   Charlotte is one of those patterns she is less known for, but  remains a highly collectible one produced under Royal Staffordshire ceramics.  The Charlotte pattern depicts a Victorian basket filled with an abundance of fresh flowers.  I set my table for two with Charlotte, in lavender.
Lavender, the color, has been a long time favorite of genteel ladies symbolizing femininity, grace and elegance.

You know I just have to begin with some layering...so I started off with a lavender pin striped sheet by Ralph Lauren in the Brittany pattern that I overlay-ed with a sheer window panel with a purple satiny scroll.  (I used these same panels here in my Master Bath redo to frame my mirror and provide a little privacy to our closet entry).  

I added the rectangular needle-worked placemat at an angle on the table to add a little more texture and really play up all the other pieces. 

These stunning stemmed glasses are etched and of the palest shade of lavender.  They came from Aunties Elegant Collectibles, an Ebay shop specializing in hard to find home and garden items.  These gorgeous glasses are vintage...but....
Wendy, the shop owner of Auntie's Elegant Collectibles also had these swirled design rocks glasses from Anthropologie...which are really hard to find now.   I love these glasses and they brought some contemporary flair to the table. 

I got a set of four glasses from Auntie's Elegant Collectibles and obviously for this table needed only two so I set one atop a lavender transferware saucer atop a small glass compote, put a votive candle inside and topped with a beaded bottle cover.  The glass made the perfectly sized centerpiece for this two person table and the lighting was absolutely beautiful creating a shimmering ambiance through the swirled lavender glass and beads.  

I used two of the hand shaped dishes, like you see in my header, as bread plates.  These hand shaped dishes are some of my very, very favorite transferware items.  I have three or four in my collection and one of the lavender ones for sale HERE.  These are really hard to come by and if you read my article about the transfer process you'll understand the precision involved in the pattern placement on such an intricate piece. 

Towards the back of the table I added a small transfer ware bud vase, also in the Charlotte pattern.  I filled a vintage decanter with some lavender silk stems and tied it loosely with a vintage lace place-mat...like the way restaurants wrap a bottle of wine with a dinner napkin.  I draped some glass beaded garland around the neck and finished with a lavender bee barrette. 
In addition to layering various fabrics at my tables I have a perpetual like of doubling up the napkins for the same effect.  I used new napkins...I used vintage napkins...and somewhere in between napkin rings.
 I like this branch motif' flatware.  

How dreamy, how soothing, is the lavender colorway~

"And lavender, whose spikes of azure bloom
shall be, ere-while, in arid bundles bound
to lurk amidst the labors of her loom,
and crown her kerchiefs with mickle rare perfume."
William Shenstone The School Mistress 1742

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Talk About it Tuesday


  1. Nancy, this lavender table is so beautiful! The dishes are just so stunning; lavender is one of my favorite flowers; I have several bushes. You are a font of knowledge on transferware, which has been fun to learn about; I didn't know anything about it before I became a blogger. Joni

  2. This is just stunning. What a breathtaking tablesetting. I LOVE transferware and have never seen the lavender color. The glasses, linens and all the dishes just create the most wonderful table. I so adore your hand transferware plates. They are exquisite. What a treat for the eyes. Thanks so much for joining the party. Fabulous table. Hugs, Marty

  3. Nancy, My absolute favorite!! This setting is gorgeous, and in my favorite colors...yum! It is really a work of art. I am sure you worked hard to put all the little details together, like the bead cover over the tealights. So nice!
    Nancy I did a little blog on purple at my new place. I am just a newbie, so check it out and let me know what you think!

  4. Oh Nancy,
    I am crazy for lavender transferware and your table is just gorgeous. Those chargers are so unique and I love the glasses. I need to see if you have any Johnson Bros. Windsor Ware plates for sale.....My daughter chipped one Friday night and I'm devestated!

  5. This is so pretty and I am in love with that gorgeous silverware! It is always so lovely visiting you as I learn so much and have so many beautiful things to see at the same time!

    Best wishes,

  6. Your table is simply breathtaking. It is all so together and elegant. Thanks for sharing this lovely post. I have been go over and over the photos and see something else incredible every time I do.

  7. Hi Nancy,
    Your table is stunning! I would imagine the lavender is very hard to come by. The glassware and silver is gorgeous. I would love to have you join me for Tea Time Tuesday. Please add my link to your post and I will link you up. Thank you and have a wonderful week.


  8. Wow! Just gorgeous. I love lavender transferware. It has a look to it that none of the other colors has. It's just beautiful. I also love those etched glasses. They are stunning. Such a beautiful tablescape.

    - The Tablescaper

  9. Oh Nancy- this is one of my favorite ever! I so adore the lavendar color. You did a fabulous job!
    xoxo Pattie

  10. If I'm being honest the colour lavendar is not one of my favourites - BUT, your tablescape has changed my mind! What a breathtaking setting! I'd love to be one of the lucky folk sharing a romantic meal together :o) I love the hands - I've only ever seen them on you site, they're really beautiful.

  11. Wow..super gorgeous post..mega-beautiful..very dreamy and enchanting..you are a magical creative spirit! Fabulous! I love the transferware..awesome!!
    Have a beautiful night!

  12. Nancy, what a fabulous table! I love the purple transferware and the vintage stemware!

  13. Lavendar is so peaceful. I love your glassware and the things you have your dishes placed on (I am forgetting what they are called!!!)

  14. Gorgeous transfer ware! Your table looks so very beautiful. Your glass ware is so delicate and pretty as well.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

  15. Just beautiful! i am such a sucker for purple dishes. Probably because I don't have any! LOL but, I just LOVE these! they are gorgeous!!

  16. Nancy, This is such a beautiful table! The lavender transferware and the stemware are gorgeous. I am so in love with the hand shaped dish. I can see why this is a favorite of yours.

  17. That is such a stunning table with the beautiful transferware and all the other little touches. I love the chargers, the candles, and those hand dishes. Wow! It's vry elegant. :)

  18. Nancy, This table just stole my heart! I love the purple transferware. And the way you kept layering shades of purple make this so elegant!
    Your chargers give a little nod to chic and upscale. What a great combo. I love everything, but the Charlotte is my very favorite. Do you have any for sale in your shop? I'm interested.
    As usual the most beautiful tablescape!

  19. What an elegant table. The purple transferware and lavender stemware is so feminine...just so pretty. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Oh my this is breathtaking... lavender is my fav...

  21. Hi: You win! The table is stunning. I had to look at everything twice to make sure I did not miss anything. Wow! I can't wait to see what you will do next week. Blessings, Martha

  22. Hi. You have always the best of transferware, I have ever seen. This lavender transferware is such a nice pattern and the stemware is just to die for.
    Greetings, Johanna

  23. This is just beautiful! I absolutely love your many layers. You know, there is just something about dishes in lavender or lilac which is
    completely enchanting to me. I guess it's because they are so unusual.

    The combination of vintage and contemporary that you have is really VERY stunning. I love those chargers. They remind me of tiaras for some reason.

    I found you through your kind words on my blog. I will be back!

  24. What a beautiful table setting. Thank you for introducing me to "Charlotte" The design and soft hue are so delicate.

    Thank you for dropping by for tea. Hope to see you next week.

  25. I love transferware - I have never met Charlotte before but I will be on the look out for her now that I know of her!

  26. Wow...you are playing in a LOT of memes..:)

    Your lavender setting is just beautiful. I love those dishes!!
    xo bj

  27. Your tea table is breathtaking! I love lavender and you've really showcased it in a beautiful way :)


  28. I oohed and aaahhed all through this post! So much of my favorite color and so elegant. I especially love the overlay on your table. That really made a huge difference and sent it over the top! Love your style! ♥

  29. It is fun to use our collections in creative ways! Well done!

  30. Nancy,
    What a pretty tablescape! It’s so delicate and soft and inviting with the touches of lace tucked here and there. It looks like the perfect spot to enjoy a nice meal and friendly conversation.

  31. Very pretty table and lovely dishes as always. Have a great VTT!

  32. Beautiful ideas for setting a table. I love the idea of using the hand shaped dish on the table. I also love the etched glasses. Fabulous!

  33. Beautiful table. So many lovely ideas to borrow! Dropping by from BNOTP.


  34. What a absolutly beautiful table. I just love the colors. Very romantic.

  35. Definitely a very genteel and elegant table! I love seeing your lavender transferware! It's so beautiful! I love all the sparkly beads and shimmery, glimmery light that plays over the beautiful glassware.

  36. Such a beautiful,gorgeous table. I love the colors.. Happy VTT..

  37. Hi Nancy... The lavender transferware is just stunning! The table is so elegant and feminine!!

  38. Everything about this table is just stunning! Thank you for describing the layering of the cloths as well--great ideas.

  39. Nancy~Lavender is my favorite transferware color!! You have taken my breath away with this placesetting!
    Thanks for such wonderful eye candy,
    The Tattered Tassel

  40. I truly feel like I had stepped back in time!!!! I could just imagine two victorian ladies sitting down to lunch! Just beautiful...every bit of it! You have a real talent for tablescape!!!! Thank you for this great post!

  41. Fabulous, fabulous glasses...loved your setting!!

  42. Another lovely tablesetting! The lavender is so soft and pretty and feminine. I had no idea that Clarice Cliff made pretty patterns too. I always liked her crazier patterns, and still hope to find at least one piece some day!
    Happy VTT!

  43. Wow! That is so amazing! I love the "hand" dishes...have never seen anything like that! Thank you for sharing--you definitely have the talent for putting together an amazing setting!


  44. Hi Nancy,
    What a delightfully romantic table. Love those lavender dishes and especially those vintage glasses. So pretty. Great layering, and just the right amount of sparkle. I love that bee barrett...can he fly over for a visit? I would welcome him.
    Enjoy your day and thanks for sharing such a wonderful table.

  45. Another beautiful table, Nancy! I love the mixing of the vintage and the new. That lavender stemware is especially gorgeous!

  46. This table scape is so muted and pretty. I've never seen this color of transferware.

  47. That lavender pattern and your entire table color scheme are just gorgeous!

  48. Nancy, you always have fabulous table settings!!

    Susan and Bentley

  49. Hi Nancy, I always look forward to your posts. When Yvonne and I were antiquing we ran across 4 dessert plates of a very similar rose pattern and they were quite pricy. I suppose if they were Charlotte they would have been priced even higher. Yours are lovely.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  50. I just ordered your lavender transferware hand... It's so wonderful! I absolutely adore it. I'll mail the check off to you tomorrow. Thanks!

  51. Pretty! And pretty fabulous!

  52. I was looking through the links on Show and Tell Friday and clicked on this and got here. Very happy I am, too! I know how I missed this post but it's too long to explain. Well, now! You may have noticed that my favorite color is lavender! I LOVE this!!! Wonderful and romantic setting!

    Love, Me Again.

  53. I have to say you have out down your self! Just lovely! I do love this Charlotte pattern and loved learning about it! The hands are wonderful bread plates. The textures of linens, beads, oh the beautiful stemware! I love the wire chargers and napkin rings! This is one lovely Tea Setting! Just love it Nancy! Thank you so much for joining me for Tea Time Tuesday again! I love to feature this table on my website!

  54. Every picture added so much more to your setting. I love the contrast of your table linens, stunning. Your stemware is just wonderful and your transferwear collection is just amazing. What a lovely table!

  55. Love all things lavender! nice to know there are those out there like me.Denise


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