Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Polychrome Transferware - Royal Doulton Pomeroy in a Fall Tablescape

I really enjoyed putting this table together'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'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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Monday, November 1, 2010

My English Country Mom Cave

Susan, at Between Naps on the Porch is hosting a Home Goods Mom Cave contest with four lucky winners. 

Come on in to my little niche I've carved out of my house.  This is where I work, create, relax, read and chat with friends and family.

This is one of my favorite spots in the house to read about one of my favorite subjects...English transferware or poetry, and drink tea.  I often start and end my day right here.

Next to the chair is an antique dumbwaiter which holds some decorative items as well as lots of poetry books.

 This is the view of the room from the wing back chair.  This cozy room serves as a small living room, although it's not uncommon to have 8 or 9 of the girls in here during family gatherings.  It's usually where we all wind up to have coffee and visit.

On either side of the sofa I display some of my vintage Canine figurines on Spode meat drainers.

Above the sofa are some of my favorite paintings.  The one directly over the sofa my Mom painted and to either side are dog portraits in oil.   Shelves with dog figurines and transferware pieces are also displayed here.

In front of the sofa is a large square glass topped coffee table where I display a vignette of transferware, books, family mementos and candlesticks. 
  We've even got the Roberts Rules of Order book here. ;-)

I had a glass bottom made for the table years ago...just to hold my collection of decorating, art and Staffordshire pottery books.  I can easily get to this from my desk, the sofa or my wing back chair.  Guests like to peruse the books too.

Next to the sofa is more seating with two chairs and a large, octagon shaped table.  This table was a game table in my home when I was a little girl.  I had a tablecloth and glass top made for it.  The French chairs on either side were also family pieces that I refinished and had recovered.

Another of Mom's paintings is displayed over this table.

You might recognize this piece from my header.

Lastly is my desk, which faces the window and is directly across from the sofa and to the left of my chair and ottoman.  I incorporate transferware into my work area and use different items to hold various office supplies I use regularly.  I also keep a stack of books related to transferware on my desk for easy reference.

 A covered butter dish is perfect to conceal a roll of Fragile stickers which I use all the time for shipments
 A mustard pot holds paper clips

 My business cards fit perfectly into an old cigarette holder
 A child size coffee pot is great for pens and pencils

 and a toast rack is used to hold envelopes, bills, etc.

If I were lucky enough to win any of the prizes from Home Goods I could definitely go for some extra lighting or decorative accessories like these shown, from their site, below.

In addition to BNOTP I'm joining the following parties
The Shabby Chic Cottage
French Country Cottage