Tuesday, September 30, 2014

An Autumn Tablescape - Royal Doulton Pomeroy in Sage Green & Rust

 I posted some of these photos several years ago.  The plates I used in this setting, I think, are absolutely beautiful.  I have to admit though, that with the exception of me moving homes twice after  that posting, they have not seen the light of day since.   They date to about 1930 and were made by Royal Doulton.  The unusual, loden green transfer is richly hand painted highlights of burnt oranges/rust, subtle golds and pink.   I've held onto them long enough, so now they are for sale in my online shop.

The pattern is Pomeroy, a very popular pattern, but it is most often seen in blue or red, or red with color added.  At the time I purchased these, I'd never seen this pattern in these colors, and to this day, I still have not.   At our home, we have a set of red with painted colors of blue, gold and green which we currently use as our everyday dishes.  I absolutely adore the colors of these plates, especially at this time of year.  

This tablescape was set up as a display when I had a brick and mortar store.   The photos were taken inside a room with no windows so please forgive that they are a little dark.  As is often the case with me, I opt for a non traditional tablecloth.  I used a mossy green lace window panel 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.  

  I created the floral arrangement with silk roses, a whispy fern that hints of Fall and orange wildflowers to the arrangement.  

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


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 vintage 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 florals at the table they take on a more golden hue.

These ggoblets are hand made with etched roosters on them.   

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.

“Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn--that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness--that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.” 
Jane Austen

Hope you all are enjoying Fall!

Some of the parties I will be joining in blogland are:
Susan at Between Naps on The Porch
Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Cozy Little House
Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
Table It! at Rustic & Refined
Anything Goes Party at Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo


  1. What a lovely, colorful, rich setting. The dishes are gorgeous and your centerpiece is stunning - well done!

  2. Beautiful table setting. I love the dishes. Royal Dalton has always been my favorite china maker.

  3. Beautiful Nancy, the dishes are to die for! I also love your leaf plates and gorgeous centerpiece.

  4. What can I say, Nancy? Every detail comes together to create an absolutely stunning fall table. Thank you for sharing this. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  5. I so enjoyed the variety of colors in this tablescape.You would never think they go together but when you combined them they look fabulous.Yet such a warm scene too .Susie

  6. This is just gorgeous! What an elegant way to dine on a fall evening!! Thanks for the sharing the Royal Dalton history.

  7. They are beautiful, such a beautiful table...
    Thanks so much for the history lesson and also for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

  8. A beautiful and elegant tablescape. The dishes are so beautiful, but I fell in love with your dinnerware. Thank you for sharing last month at Sunday's Best. You really do have the knack for tablescapes. Have a great week!

  9. I really like the pattern on your plates, so beautiful for fall. What a lovely tablescape they make with your pretty flatware!

  10. Whoa that is gorgeous china -- and a spectacular table. You are magic. --Cass

  11. What a pretty pattern Nancy! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Nancy, this table is just breath taking. The china is gorgeous, and I love your use of the curtain in the center of the table. such pretty leaf shaped bowls too. Stunning. laurie


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