Thursday, November 10, 2011
Do you remember last July when I posted a table set with a series of plates by Crown Ducal that depicted 'The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere'? I used them in a red, white and blue color scheme. I mentioned then that I'd share more of that pattern at another time, in another setting. Well, here is a Fall table setting in that same pattern, but a different color, unique to the one I posted in July. I've much to share about it.
Okay, get yourself a nice beverage and then settle in because this might be a lengthy post.
Before we get down to a bunch of close up shots and such of my table I'm going to share a little information on the company that produced this series of special, historical plates.
Based at the Gordon Pottery Works at Tunstall, Stoke on Trent, Crown Ducal was a trading arm of the A.G. Richardson & Co. Ltd. Crown Ducal was formed in 1915 and is well known for the celebrated Art Deco ceramicist, artist Charlotte Rhead, who worked and designed for the company until 1942. Production continued through 1974 when Wedgwood bought the property and relocated the business to Yorkshire. In 1987 Wedgwood merged with Irish based Waterford Crystal to create Waterford Wedgwood. By 2001 the company incorporated Coalport, Mason's and Johnson Brothers into their brand. Struggling financially
in 2009, Waterford Wedgwood was purchased by another firm, KPS Capital Partners, and became part of a group of companies known as WWRD (Wedgwood Waterford Royal Doulton). Sadly, the majority of Staffordshire potters have basically all been merged into a huge conglomerate and are no longer family owned and operated as so many were from as early as the 1700's. Sadder, much sadder, is that most all production jobs have been moved offshore to places like Indonesia, China, and Malaysia. And equally sad is that the wares are not the same, though transferware is produced in these countries. Techniques and materials differ from that of English wares, and transfers are often litho printed, not hand applied, making them much less realistic, and frankly, much less attractive and desirable. I can usually spot a piece of new transferware from a photograph alone. Okay, now I'm probably ranting (I plan to do more ranting on this subject later!), so let's continue on and talk about this pattern.
Above is a photo of the unusually large backstamp found on Colonial Times.
The pattern I'm sharing today was produced in the early 1930's under the Crown Ducal name and is called Colonial Times. It is an absolutely PERFECT set of dinnerware for Thanksgiving. The series consists of 12+ dinner plates, each having a unique depiction of Historical places or occurrences in America's history.
When The President First Gave Thanks
Penn's Treaty With The Indians 1661
The First Thanksgiving In America
The Spirit of '76
The Mayflower In Plymouth Harbor
Going To Church
Independence Hall (sorry for the grainy pic)
Landing of The Pilgrims
Speak For Yourself John (sorry...grainy again)
Marriage of Pocahontas
I know of at least one other dinner plate, which depicts the scene, 'Signing The Contract In The Mayflower' but I do not have a photo of it and wasn't able to source one.
Colonial Times pieces each have four cartouches equally spaced around the plates border consisting of four scenes.
Return Of The Mayflower
Mayflower in Plymouth Harbour
& Pocahontas Saving Life of John Smith
Subsequently, Crown Ducal also produced a series, in 1932, of Commemorative Wares celebrating the bicentenary of George Washington. These plates blend well with the Colonial Times series and are sometimes gathered by collectors as one collection. This series has four cartouche's with floral prints, rather than the scenic ones found on Colonial Times. I've used two of these plates in this setting as I've only got four of the Colonial Times dinner plates in purple.
Washington kneeling in prayer at Valley Forge
Washington's Birthplace at Wakefield, Virginia
In addition to the plates there is a wide range of side plates, serving pieces and hollow wares. I have to show you the teapot and sugar bowl.
Shown below in purple, red, and teal. The pattern was also produced in blue, green and brown (less common).
Is that pilgrim head finial not the cutest?
Teal Sugar and Creamer
There are also several serving platters, including ginormous turkey platters, super duper perfect for Thanksgiving in just two weeks, like these two in my shop (subliminal message....you need to buy one!).
Colonial Times really is a wonderful collectors pattern!
I hope I've not bored you to tears because now I'm going to get on with the tablescape.
Amber, Aubergine and Sage
I LOVE this color combination!
The table was laid with a jacquard drapery panel. You know, I rarely use a tablecloth on a table but instead use blankets, draperies, throws, fabric, pillowcases and more...I've even been known to use a dress. Click HERE to see that post.
I like to leave some of the wood exposed on my table so the drape is great for that as it allows a few inches to show on either side. I like the look it gives, the mix of textures. Down the center of the table I placed four aubergine beaded placemats equally spaced apart (for a bit of sparkle) and then laid three grapevine wreaths over the spaces. The grapevine offers a rustic, natural look. In the wreaths on each end I placed a bowl upside down and then put a smaller, crystal beaded wreath on top and finished with purple ceramic pumpkins. A pair of left and right facing birds are nestled into the outer sides of each of the outer wreaths.
I built the height of the center wreath a little more than the two on the outside and layered the same way but added silk mums and pheasant feathers.
I chose not to use any placemats, so plates were set directly onto the table/drape. Oblong pumpkin plates are placed at an angle slightly above and to the side of each dinner plate.
I think these glasses on the right have become my favorite. I can't seem to quit using them this Fall!
I used embroidered white napkins to keep that simple and to add light to the table since I used so much color. The silverplate is called Tudor plate and belonged to my Grandma Stubbs, whose Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie I'm going to share tomorrow or Saturday.
Some sage green taper candles placed at either side of the center wreath add just the right touch of ambience.
(oops, I see I left my I-phone and the lighter on the table...no ambience in that!)
If you made it to the end of this post...thank you!
Don't forget that I've teamed up with Maison Decor for a $60 giveaway to my shop, English Transferware. Head on over to enter.