This table actually began with the Etsy filming done here at my home. It started out more spartan because Tara Young wanted the turkey plates to really stand alone since, after all, the documentary is more about the transferware than table settings.
But...you all know me....I don't do 'minimalist' too well so after they left I went to changing up the table.
I added this, and added that, and added those....
I changed this table three different times after the filming ended so you'll probably see glimpses of them all!
Starring at the table are these highly collected turkey plates by Clarice Cliff of Royal Staffordshire. This pattern is commonly called Autumn Foliage for the beautiful border that frames the turkey.
Here's a funny story about these very plates. I bought six of these plates from a lady who bought them from a dealer for $295 EACH (yes $295 each) that I sold to the dealer for $150 each just five or six years ago. Now they are back in my hands and in my shop for $99 each. How funny is that? And, hopefully a good deal for somebody looking for them! These are one of the more popular of the turkey themed English wares.
For a more casual, rustic feel I swapped out the linen cloth
with its beautiful hand work,
for a big piece of burlap that offered a more rustic, relaxed feel.
I placed raffia instead of placemats under the plates for added texture and to further enhance the feel of casual.
I mingled hand carved antler handled knives right along with traditional flatware...love to mix and match!
Pressed glasses in one of my favorite colors, amber, along with vintage Candlewick glasses (I think that's what you all told me these are) with little bubble like feet stand next to one another. More mix and match = more texture = more interesting table top.
Brown transferware napkin rings...Tonquin pattern....with jacquard napkins.
I really like the centerpiece I created from a wreath of Autumn grasses, berries and foliage,
facorns (fake acorns), a cake stand and a bark pillar candle. I will do a post on this centerpiece tomorrow or the next day, and then will wrap up with the 3rd day of the Etsy filming.
A pair of pheasants flanks the centerpiece, further adding to the rustically refined look.
At one point I started missing color at the table and added plaid napkins under the wreath to create the illusion of a larger, wider centerpiece and under each of the plates to add a pop of color. I randomly placed some pears around the centerpiece as well.
I kept looking at the table, thinking something wasn't right. It was only after I'd taken pictures and put everything away that I realized what it was. Sometimes, I spot things in photos that I'd never have noticed in person. Here, it was that I had two napkins out! One was under the plates and the other to the sides of them. Oh well...around here, sometimes two napkins are a good thing...a necessary thing!
As much as I love color, I do think this table looked best without adding more of it.
Which table setting do you like best?
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