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Polychrome Transferware & a Rural Scenes Fall Tablescape

I have a partiality to polychrome transferware, especially brown polychrome.  Two of my very favorite transfer patterns, Spode Byron and Royal Staffordshire Clarice Cliff Rural Scenes/AJ Wilkinson Pastoral Davenport are brown patterns with polychrome highlights. Polychrome is the transferware term which refers to a single color object that has been hand painted within the confines of the design and then glazed so that it is permanent.  It is speculated the polychroming, and clobbering were both developed in response to the cry by out of work artisans who had been replaced by transfer printing. 

I'm sometimes teased by Shawn and the kids because I will have finally gotten 8-12 full place settings gathered in my own collection when someone emails and asks if I have this pattern, and then I sell it.  A year ago an interior designer and collector of transferware inquired about the pattern and I wound up selling all of my dinner plates to her.  It took several months to replace my dinner plates.  I have finally made the decision to keep my set together.

I love everything about this pattern.  Each piece bears a different scene, bucolic in nature.  The border blends farming implements such as rakes, hoes, sheathes of wheat and a bee skep  intertwined amongst grapevines and ivy.  This pattern is available in blue, red, brown, brown polychrome, purple and black.  You can click HERE to see some of what is available in my shop in this pattern.

With Fall just around the corner I decided to set my table tonight with Rural Scenes.  

I began with a jacquard drapery panel in a sage-olive green which leaves a few inches of the dark wood table showing as it helped give a more warm, rustic feel to the overall table.

I created my centerpiece by bunching up a 63" gold damask window panel and gently tucking two dark green organza runners from Always Elegant around the edges, allowing it pouf up around the edges.  I then put two sprays of faux pheasant feathers, berries and greenery end to end and scattered preserved acorns atop and over the entire table.

I placed a small, scrolled iron plant stand at the center with a Rural Scenes charger on top.  I added a trio of varied sized Linden Fig candles from Zest Candles surrounding them with a pile of acorns.

The Linden Fig candles are absolutely beautiful filled with a white wax inside and then wrapped in an outer layer of brown that is intricately cut in filigree style allowing the white to show behind.  The effect is stunning!

I often use burgundy with these dishes to bring out those colors in the hand-painting but chose to keep my color scheme to browns and greens for tonights setting.
The beautiful bronze, hand beaded placemat chargers, also from Always Elegant are a perfect compliment to my dishes.

My flatware is Spode Woodland, each piece having a slightly different pheasant/duck/quail depiction.

I doubled up napkins using simple brown cloth and green organza (they match the garland).  The beaded napkin rings match the chargers.  They are all available from Always Elegant and are very reasonably priced and come in a wide range of colors and are beautifully packaged.  

As you know I love amber glassware.  I used Zest Candles tealights placed in several vintage juice glasses around the table to cast a soft, amber glow.  I recently discovered Zest Candles while shopping online. I burn candles frequently, sometimes for fragrance and often for ambiance.  I've tried three candle varieties so far and am really impressed with the way they burn.  The tealights are the only ones I've used which actually burn all the wax.  They create a soft, steady flow of candlelight and my large candle shipment was packed with the utmost care.
My green glasses are vintage thumbprint.  My whole family loves these glasses.  They just feel right in your hand.  I buy them whenever I can find them!  I've found some for as little as $1 a piece at yard sales. 
The amber goblets are newer.  I've had mine for about 10 years.

We did not actually eat from these individual covered acorn casseroles but at the last minute I thought they'd be perfect with this table setting.  I've been dying to use them but for now, we can just look at them! ;-)  I'm sure they'll be showing up in more of my tablescapes this Fall! Aren't they cute?

Now, I'm off to finish baking my Oven Fried Parmesan Chicken while you browse some more of the tablescape photos.

Dinner is served

I'm participating in these parties:
Common Ground
Vignette Friday
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Flaunt it Friday at Shoestring Decorating
Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Just Something I Whipped Up
Making the World Cuter
Toot Your Horn Tuesdays
Bargain Hunting with Laurie
Funky Junk Interiors 
Hodgepodge Friday 
Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper
Funky Junk Interiors 
vintage Thingy Thursday 
DIY Showoff 
Centerpiece Wednesday at the Style Sisters
Brambleberry Cottage
Trendy Treehouse Blog hop
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home


  1. Nancy, This is absolutely the most gorgeous table ever! Love, love the dishes and the acorn casseroles. The entire table is beautiful.
    Hugs, Sherry

  2. Nancy,

    What a perfect fall tablescape! I love all the accessories, the acorn and acorn casseroles are just so pretty! The colors are wonderful..I have some amber goblets that I always use in the fall. Your dishes and flatware are gorgeous! I just love it all!!

    Miss Bloomers

  3. Nancy:
    This is exquisite. I think it's your best yet! I love the beaded placemats, the gathered material in the center, the covered acorns (can't wait to see whhat you do with them this fall), but clearly those plates are center stage!!!

    - The Tablescaper

  4. WONDERFULLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! Spectacular table setting.Eveything is GORGEOUS. THANKS FOR SHARING!

  5. That was really, really fun to see. I love it when a blog gets my creative juices flowing! Thank you! julia

  6. That is absolutely STUNNING! Great job!

  7. Gorgeeeous! I love the centerpiece idea!! The entire tablescape is really amazing. I love that you showed the picture with everyone seated! Thanks for linking up to Centerpiece Wed.

  8. Nancy, you have outdone yourself, again...I can see why this is your favorite pattern, it is beautiful. Your table is truly stunning...

  9. I'm so glad to see these again. I have been on the hunt for some since I saw them posted before. Just love em. And this table is just as beautiful as the other one!! What a talent you have for pulling it all together.

  10. This is one of the most beautiful tablescapes I have ever seen!!! LOVe the little soup brown, green, and beige combo...the centerpiece is exquisite, and what fun to see real people at the table!!! hugs...cleo

  11. That is a lovely table and is so fallish! Still very summery here, I have to wait till it cools down to drag out the Fall things.
    You did a great job!

  12. Hi Nancy,
    YOu know how much I love that pattern! I did a tablescape before with them. They rock my world! Perfect for fall. Your table really showcased the pattern!

  13. Awesome!!! Always your creating beautiful trablescapes!


  14. Oh Nancy! Your table is adorable, all those pretty transferware, all the warm earth tone colors, all that food and oh so much fun eating with family!..Christine

  15. This is a lovely tablescape. I adore the wonderful combination of the colours. Your table makes looking forward to autumn days!
    Greetings from Europe!

  16. Hi Nancy... Your tablescape is amazing... You have such an incredible eye for detailing!! And even more lovely that you have a large family to enjoy it:-)

  17. nancy you have the best stuff! I think this is one of your best tablescapes yet! I love your creativity on how you create the backdrop for your settings. The acorns were the icing! But hey, you have to do a post on where you store all of your glasses, your flatware, your dishes, your linens, your candles etc! Bunny Williams had a china room made just to hold her extensive collections. What do you do for storage?

  18. What a beautiful setting, it just feels warm and cozy! I love those plates, and the acorn dishes are really cute!

  19. Hi Nancy, your table is absolutely gorgeous! I've always been drawn towards transferware but never bought any. I think my English cottage could use some!
    I copied your chicken recipe for our youngest who recently married and asked me for recipes.
    Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment on my Metallic Decor post.


  20. Oh, yeah!!! This is what I'm talking about. I love everything you did on this 'scape.

  21. Nancy this is fabulous! This is my favorite transferware yet. I love how you displayed it I love the green and brown goblets! I especially love all those teens around a table that is extra special. Ya know my teenage boys really like a fancy table. Isn't that surprising? Your is wonderful!

  22. Wow!!! This is absolutely stunning. I can't pick one single favorite thing, it is all exquisite. Love it. Hugs, Marty

  23. Oh Nancy I just love this tablescape! There is so much here I just want to record in my memory bank for fall beauties! I love every single detail! Your family looks like they were loving it too! Just beautiful!

  24. Love the table! It was so beautiful!

  25. Your table is amazing I love the amber and green glass ware.

  26. I can bearly type cause I'm trying to catch my breath. The plates, amber glass, bead chargers...
    I want it all, but I'm champagne taste with a Cola budget ;)
    I hope you can stop by this week, I'm having a little giveaway. Hope you can come by and enter.

  27. I have only one of these plates- your entire set is fabulous!

  28. Nancy, you are amazingly talented. It is all so beautiful. You keep me coming back for more.

  29. Oh Nancy,this is truely amazing! Every detail is gorgeous and that centerpiece, to die for. I am just loving this all and it is making me want some brown transferware, which I have wanted for sometime. Lovely, thanks for getting me more in the Fall mood.

  30. I love this table. It's outstanding. Wow. Every detail is perfect. And I now know more about the process to create these lovely dishes...

  31. Oh my goodness -Your tablesettings always mesmerize me . Oh how I would love to be able to have your talent :-) I loved the wood duck flatware The picture of your family sitting at the table enjoying the meal is priceless.

  32. Wow! I absolutely love this table! It is gorgeous! You did a wonderful job of combining just the right elements to compliment your china. I'm not ready to say goodbye to summer, but you gave me a glimpse of fall that made me look forward to it. Thanks!

  33. Didn't realize that the Lord Byron came in such a good variety of colors. thank you for the information. Everything on your table worked beautifully together. I used to have amber goblets, but for some reason got rid of them. I think that I need to collect them once again. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous, artfully created, design. Cherry Kay

  34. hi nancy, your tablescape is breathtaking! i checked out your bio and i can' believe you have a kid that's 20-- you look 20! stopping by from new friend fri... i'm your newest follower. i'd love for you to stop by. xoxo malia

  35. OK, I had to google some of the terms you used but I'm so glad I did because the longer I strolled down the more I was amazed at your table. Stunning really is the only word.

    Here from NFF.

  36. Your table in incredible. I love the color and texture choices!!! You have some wonderful dishes, and some beautiful table linens. Totally jealous.

  37. I can see why you love this particular is delightful as is your entire table. Oh,if one could only have all that is beautiful!, but what a gift to be able to enjoy through this sharing of tablescapes.

  38. "OMG, I LOVE IT"!!! It is exactly my style, and your meal even sounds delicious!!! I love the warmth of nature YEAR round. "What is your tablecloth, it is gorgeous and accents everything beautifully??? Those acorn casseroles are the cutest things EVER. and if I saw them for sale anywhere they would DEFINITELY follow me home! Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs, Donna

  39. OHMYGOSH Nancy! I think is now my favorite tablescape! It is just STUNNING! I love all the little details and the brown and green color scheme..Fabulous job!!

  40. That is a beautiful table setting! You did a great job on the whole tablescape. I also like the vintage plates. Thanks for sharing...Julian

  41. Nancy, your table setting is just beautiful and speaks Fall to me. olive♥

  42. This has to be one of the most beautiful table settings I've ever seen! The transferware is to die for and you have accessorized the table to perfection with all your layering. I love a full table- lots of linens and frou-frou. I know it takes up a lot of room on the table, itself, and it can be difficult to keep serving dishes right on the table- but heck, that is why we have buffets! *grin*
    ~ Sue

  43. Your table setting is beautiful. Very inspiring!

  44. Wow! Can I come to dinner at your house? Lol! I have bookmarked your chicken recipe, I have GOT to try it! Happy VTT!

  45. Nancy, I'm just speechless! This table is just amazing in every sense. Brown transferware is just my favorite, and the polychrome set is perfect to say Hello to Fall. Beautiful linens and accessories, too. Thank you so much for joining in and linking back to the first VIF. You've made my day! I also enjoyed your post on antlers. They really are a big part of Country French design. Love your images and from your own home. just gorgeous. I'm also adding you to my blog list, I want to keep up with you!
    Hope to see you again next week!

  46. Nancy, everything you present is full of grace and style. This table is stunning with the mix of the vintage transfer dishes and the glitter of the contemporary beaded chargers and napkin rings. Wonderful use of texture throughout this table with the variety of textiles and glassware. It's all stellar! ~ Sarah

  47. Hi Nancy,
    This table is so perfect for fall!
    I adore the china and the glassware.
    The centerpiece and candles add so much, I bet your family loved it!

  48. Wow - your table is sensational! All the textures of the fabrics, the wonderful, wonderful dishes - the flatware - WOW. What a wonderful table and how wonderful to see your family enjoying it!

  49. Oh Nancy, this table is stunning! Those plates are gorgeous! I love that they have different scenes on them, and all of the scenes are so pretty. How clever of you to use window treatments on your table. They look beautiful, and I love those acorn casseroles, and that flatware. This tablescape should be in a book. I'm so glad you linked to Favorite Things Sat. laurie

  50. This is beautiful. I am hosting a 50 dollar CSN Giveaway on my blog. I would love for you to stop by.

  51. Nancy, you know I love this! And so does everyone else judging the amount of comments! (Congrats!) Sorry I didn't get to comment on this earlier. We went out of town and I didn't get a chance to get to a computer for some of the time. Thank you for linking this up to Vignette Fridays! :) It's inspiring, and that's what Vignette Fridays is all about! :) Thank you so much for participating this week! I hope to see you next week, too! :)

  52. Love this tablescape..My favorite so far!

  53. I have a real weakness for transferware. It draws me like a magnet. And this set is fabulous! What a gorgeous tablescape you made with it, Nancy.

    Thanks for linking to my party. I would love to have you join me for one, or all three, of my parties each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  54. Thanks so much for being a part of Season Sundays. What a phenomenal table!

    - The Tablescaper

  55. The coloring and layers are amazing. Love the pic of the table actually being used.

    Saw you from Funky Junk I.

  56. Hi there, I need a dinner plate in this pattern. i inherited a set from my husband's mother but one plate had been broken in half and glued. If you ever come across one, please let me know. I've looked everywhere. Thank you so much! Patty Barone email

  57. Oh I love the acorns on the table--too cute! Maybe someday I'll have an entire set of Rural Scenes. You're helping me in that goal--I'm the Lauren who just bought several pieces from you. I've also got some Liberty Blue and (not transferware) Lady Carlyle. I started collecting dishes as a child (I was a little strange!).

    P.S. Your flatware is magnificent, as well! I had no idea that Spode even made silverware.

  58. I love your table setting, everything about it. I have a lot of red transferware, but haven't seen a lot of the other colours. We have been auctioning for 41 years and not a lot out there. Throughout the years been a lot of blue. I got most of my red at a flea market. Have a cousin in another part of Ontario and her area has red but not blue.
    A couple of years ago I sold off all the pieces that were mottled (not sure that's the word-but you get the idea), so don't have as much as I used to. Gorgeous table - thank you for sharing...

  59. Your tablescape is stunning!
    I am in love, Nancy!
    I have never seen this pattern. Now I must really keep my eyes open!

    Hope you might stop by and link one of your many fabulous posts on favorite china patterns. I know everyone would love to know your top faves!

    Stop by soon.

  60. I am so glad that I came across this post through Pinterest. Lovely table and I will be using some of your ideas for my own Thanksgiving table this year. I have Woodland Spode transfer ware which is similar to yours. I even found some of your lovely amber wine goblets! Thank you for sharing!


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