Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Polychrome Transferware - Royal Doulton Pomeroy in a Fall Tablescape


I really enjoyed putting this table together tonight...it's on display at my shop, and I'm growing fonder of these plates each day I look at them.  I've featured this pattern before, but in a red polychrome transferware HERE.  Isn't it hard to tell that it is the same pattern?  These six plates are the only ones I've ever seen in this unusually beautiful colorway of a loden green transfer with richly hand painted highlights of burnt oranges/rust, golds and oddly, pink.  But it works.



The pattern is Pomeroy by Royal Doulton and dates to the 1930's.


As is often the case with me, I used a window panel with my table linens.  This one is a mossy green lace with embroidered, deep red roses.   I love to shop my house for things to use in my tablescapes so the panel was perfect.  I pick these up on sale, when I can, for little money and solely with the purpose of using in draping a table.  Generally I won't spend more than $7-10 on a window treatment to be used this way...it's usually quite a bit less than a 'real' tablecloth and I like the scrunched up look.

  I created the floral arrangement with silk roses, a Fall-ish looking fern and orange wildflowers which add a a touch of whisp to the arrangement.  


The placemats are inexpensive, round woven mats in the same loden green as the plates, but slightly lighter.  The napkins are an orangey jacquard with light gold threading.  



Of course the plates are the highlight of the table.  Aren't these stunning?  




To give the table a definitive Fall appearance I chose these festive leaf shaped salad plates adorned with a pair of acorns at each end.  I alternated between green and rust colored bowls at each place setting.

The candleholders are brass with amber beaded accents.  Candles are from Zest candles.

Flatware is San Remo by Heritage...or Cambridge...gosh I can't remember! ;-) They have ivory colored handles but paired with the plates and chairs they take on a more golden hue.

These gorgeous glasses are hand made with etched roosters.  They are by April Cornell.
Happy Fall!




A brief history of Royal Doulton: 

Renowned as one of the worlds finest producers of tableware, Royal Doulton has a rich history which dates back to 1815 in Lambeth, South London where John Doulton and his partner John Watts established their pottery.
In 1882, Doulton purchased a small factory called Pinder, Bourne & Co, at Nile Street in Burslem, Staffordshire; part of The Potteries, where the Royal Doulton companies reputation flourished.   Tablewares and Art Pottery were being produced alongside industrial ceramics. Also, by 1882, this branch of Doulton's operation was making bone china (porcelain containing bone ash).

Developed by his son Henry Doulton, it became Britain's leading manufacturer of sanitary wares and other industrial ceramics as well as a major producer of art pottery and of ornamental and commemorative pieces, and tablewares.
 
The Lambeth Studio in London continued in existence until 1956, and until recent years the  Doulton production has been concentrated at Burslem.
Having taken over many of its rivals both in industrial and decorative wares, the Royal Doulton Group was one of the largest manufacturers of ceramics in Britain.

Today, Royal Doulton is owned by the Waterford/Wedgwood group.  As of 2005, the majority of Royal Doulton wares are made in the Far East, and Indonesia.



The Oven Bird
By Robert Frost

There is a singer everyone has heard,
Loud, a mid-summer and a mid-wood bird,
Who makes the solid tree trunks sound again.
He says that leaves are old and that for flowers
Mid-summer is to spring as one to ten.
He says the early petal-fall is past
When pear and cherry bloom went down in showers
On sunny days a moment overcast;
And comes that other fall we name the fall.
He says the highway dust is over all.
The bird would cease and be as other birds
But that he knows in singing not to sing.
The question that he frames in all but words
Is what to make of a diminished thing.


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58 comments:

  1. Your dishes are beautiful!

    Thank you for you thoughts during this trying time that is called a move! It has been a nightmare but one day at a time.

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  2. Your table is oh so pretty, how clever the use of the panel...it makes the table look so elegant.
    Thank you for sharing!
    Suzann

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  3. Such a lovely autumn table! The plates are gorgeous! In fact, I think they would be perfect for my dining room! You have such talent, Nancy!

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  4. Nancy, all I could think was "wow". This colorful setting is just beautiful, I love it:@)

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  5. As always Nancy, your tables are breathtaking! Where do I start? To your so simple placemats to those beautiful plates! Something else for me to look for! Just stunning!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Andrea

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  6. Nancy, those plates are so stunning -- I haven't seen anything like them before! Perfect for a beautiful fall table. Joni

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  7. Hi Nancy,

    Oh my gosh, your tablescape is striking and beautiful. Sooo, sooo, pretty!

    Thanks for posting it on BNOTP so that we could enjoy it.

    Kathy Matthews

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  8. What an amazing table. Those plates are just stunning. I've never seen anything like them.

    It is funny how there are 3 of us with Robert Frost poems this week.

    - The Tablescaper

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  9. Fabulous table! I love these colors.

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  10. Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! This table is so "me" in so many ways. These are my favorite colors with which to decorate. I'm completely crazy about those plates and linens.

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  11. The table is gorgeous! I love everything on it but the leaf shaped salad plates are the absolute best! So unique!

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  12. Nancy, this table is full of warmth and charm. The rich multi colors really make this table pop. Your centerpiece and the candle light offer warmth perfect for a chilly evening. The robert Frost poem is lovely! ~ Sarah

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  13. How very beautiful . Mary was right .
    Lovely Lovely blog.

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  14. Stunning table, Nancy! My heart just skipped a beat or two while perusing your post...these are, by far, my favorite dishes of any you have shared with us. They are so rich looking with all the greens and oranges. I have tried using curtain panels for table dressing but they still look like panels! Guess I need to have you give me lessons.

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  15. This is simply gorgeous Nancy! A perfectly lovely Fall setting. The colors are so rich and warm. The plates are absolutely exquisite and I love the leaf design salad plates. Your centerpiece is fabulous and pulls the entire tablescape together just beautifully! Another outstanding display of your amazing talent... xo

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  16. This is just a gorgeous fall table. I love some fabric draped in the center of my table too, and this panel adds so much, so delicate and filmy yet perfect. The plates of course are the star, but I love the earthiness of the leaf dishes. Fabulous as always, but this one really stands out.

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  17. Okay, I am officially in love with this table! You did a wonderful job with this. And the colors on those plates. Oh, I love them SO much! I want to go back and ogle them again. This has everything I love... lush centerpiece and cute layering. Love the flatware, too. It's just very goodlooking.

    Happy Tablescape Thursday...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  18. Oh, and I almost forgot... those leaves are adorable!

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  19. Great looking table! The centerpiece is stunning, and I just want to eat those napkins right up! They're beautiful! The texture is lovely and the color is sumptuous!!! I really like the china pattern. It's fun to have a "busy" patterned plate so that you can use a lot of accessories and bring in all the complementary colors. Fab!

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  20. What a gorgeous fall table. I think I have this pattern in a pink color? but oh, how I love this one!

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  21. Stunning, yes! This table is gorgeous! I love the colors...so warm and inviting. All the textures you used really make an interesting table. BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing.

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  22. These plates are gorgeous, Nancy. The pattern and colors are so pretty. Your whole table is just stunning!...Christine

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  23. Another stunner Nancy! I'm just sad that I'll never visit your shop as I don't fly :o(
    However, I'm more than pleased you share it with us all here :o)
    Very best wishes
    Rose H

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  24. Beautifully rustic and elegant at the same time. Thanks for the intro to Royal Doulton. I was born in the heart of the Potteries in Staffordshire, and having done my family tree, many of my ancestors were potters in places like Burslem. Hence my own love of fine china.
    Gorgeous post,
    Hugs
    Jacqui

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  25. Hi Nancy,
    Although I have no tablescape today, because my first blog party "International Christmas Cookies" kept me busy, I enjoyed your tablescape very much. This Royal Doulton transferware is really very different and the bright and colorful design is just perfect for fall tables. You have set that all to a table, worth for a visit of the Queen. Thank you for showing this wonderful table.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  26. Hi Nancy, sending a sweet hello from Frog Hollow Farm. Boy, do you set a beautiful and classy table! I love the idea of using the curtain panel fabric - you're right, I've often seen great patterns of one or two curtain panels on the clearance shelves but never thought of what to do with them. Thanks for the new idea! Ciao, bella!

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  27. Those plated are gorgeous! The pink is unexpected but really looks great with the fall colors. I have that window panel in a window at my house! Great table!

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  28. Oh what a gorgeous autumn table!!! Love those dishes!

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  29. So elegant with the deep rich colors. Everything is lovely and inviting!
    Cindy

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  30. Nancy, Beautiful tablescape! Those dishes are gorgeous! THe colors are so vivid. Love your centerpiece and the idea of draping a window panel on the table. I now know what to do when I see a panel I really like! Happy Fall and Thanksgiving to you and your family! Can't wait for your Christmas tablescape!

    Maureen

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  31. The fall table setting is terrific! I can imagine a thanksgiving dinner with this china. I am excited to get my transferware!! Did you ever do a post on where you store all your dishes and glasses? How do you keep all this stuff at the ready?

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  32. Absolutely beautiful! I love dishes and tableware, and have so many that I never use or display. You have inspired me to take stock of what I have, and bring it out for all to enjoy!

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  33. beautiful table, such striking dishes~

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  34. This is a beautiful color combination--the reason I like fall. The dishes are lovely, and you have chosen perfect accourtrements. The drapery panel is gorgeous, looks like it would make a nice evening wrap as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  35. Wow what a gorgeous table setting! I love old china there are so many beautiful old patterns. What a great blog! Traci

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  36. I enjoyed my visit to your blog! Love love love the rich colors you have used.. just stunning!

    Julie
    www.equusvilla.blogspot.com

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  37. Just stunning! The orange and green look so wonderful together -- those orange napkins are perfect with that amazing Royal Doulton design. Love the drapery panel idea!

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  38. I love your table!!!! I love those plates. The napkins are quite wonderful too. This is an over the top success.

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  39. These plates are gorgeous!!! If I stumbled across them in a shop I know i could never pass them up!

    As always you have pulled together the whole tablescape with the perfect accessories!

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  40. Gorgeous plates!! I have never seen anything like that. I also adore the leaf plate too. You always come up with a very beautiful tablescape. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

    Karin

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  41. Your dishes are beautiful, and your table setting is just gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing.. Blessings~~~ Daphne

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  42. Wow, how beautiful! I love everything ... and, what a creative idea of using the panel as part of the centerpiece (will definitely be borrowing that idea)! The colors are so festive ... thanks for sharing! *Becca*

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  43. I just found you through Color Outside the Lines -- how beautiful! I love great tablescapes and I love transferware, though I don't own any! I can't wait to come back and read through your blog.

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  44. Nancy, these dishes are gorgeous! The colors and pattern are outstanding. I love them....Great idea with the curtain panel. I often use them as well. Have a wonderful week-end. Linda

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  45. Your table is stunning, Nancy! I love the colors and those plates are just gorgeous! Love the idea of using a curtain panel and this one is quite pretty and fits in really well with the colors you have going on.

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  46. Magnificent! And I am crazy about the floral arrangement centerpiece you made!
    Best regards,
    Gloria

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  47. That china is just gorgeous! I have never seen that pattern before and it is so special. It looks so nice on your table for the autumn season but I am sure it always looks beautiful. I love the orange and green combination. That centerpiece is just lovely.

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  48. Gorgeous!! Those dishes are so beautiful! I can see why you love them so much! I am loving that centerpiece you created!! You whole table is just beautiful, Nancy! Thank you so much for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  49. What a Beautiful, Festive Table.... What Memories will be made while dinning~ Have a wonderful week

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  50. Your china is so gorgeous! That is one of the most beautiful fall colored patterns I have ever seen. Love it!

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  51. Winner from start to finish! I am a huge fan of Royal Doulton, and the Pomeroy in the polychrome is magnificent. What is the name and address of your store? Thanks for sharing your gorgeous design. Cherry Kay

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  52. Thank you all for the kind remarks.

    Cherry Kay, My store has just opened and I'll be posting about it tomorrow. It is called The Vintage Abode and is at 8 West Dawes in Bixby, OK. Hope you can come visit!

    Nancy

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  53. Nancy, not only are the plates stunning, the entire table is stunning! I want to know why - when you scrunch fabric it looks beautiful, and when I scrunch, it looks like a wrinkled piece of fabric. Maybe I need a tutorial on scrunching fabric! That stemware is also stunning. I've never seen this china pattern or the stemware pattern. You find such unique and wonderful table accessories. Thank you for linking this post to Favorite Things Sat. laurie

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  54. Just stunning, Nancy. The plates are amazing!
    Thanks for linking up to VIF!
    hugs,
    Debra

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  55. I think that I can safely say that NO ONE puts a tablescape together better than you, Nancy! And you even made the floral arrangement too. This table is stunning, and I just love the sagey green together with the pumpkin color of the napkins!

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  56. I wanted to let you know that I'll be featuring this at Life As Lori. If you would like to stop by and grab my I was featured button please do so!

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  57. What a beautiful fall table!!

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  58. This is just stunning. I love fall designs in plates. This Royal Doulton pattern is new to me, but boy do I love it.

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