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Bees and Daisies Aesthetic Movement Transferware Tablescape

I was going to do an Irish themed post, again, but Shawn thinks I might be going overboard so I was thinking about how 
I have seen several posts recently featuring brown transferware, specifically from the Aesthetic Movement which you can read about HERE and thought I'd share this impromptu tablescape with brown transferware from that period (appx. 1870-1910).  

I had quickly put this table together a a few months back for a client before shipping the set to her.  Since Spring is so quickly approaching I thought this would be a perfect time to show it.  The pattern is Bees and Daisies, circa 1885, by George Jones and it's one of my Aesthetic Movement favorites.  Actually, it's just one of my favorites period.    

Rather than placemats, I opted to use sheets of preserved moss allowing them to hang over the edge of the table.  They go with the natural theme of the plates.

The flatware I used is by Wallace, called Butterfly.  I LOVE this, but wish I'd had Napolean Bee when I put this together.  Oh well!

Aren't the little bees adorable?  On each of the pieces in this pattern the bees are placed randomly.  Usually there is a trio of them but sometimes only one or two.

I did keep one large platter from this pattern for my collection of brown transferware from the Aesthetic Movement.  You can see it on the top, right side of my bookcase.

These 125 year old plates are as in style today as they were in the late 1800's!

I made a simple arrangement for the table in an old, filigree wooden planter with some greenery, silk daisies and bumblebees.

George Jones began operation in 1864 at Stoke Upon Trent at the Trent Potteries Works.  In 1873 it became George Jones & Sons Ltd.   They produced earthen and majolica wares.  If you are a majolica collector or admirer you might be familiar with some of the incredible majolica pieces George Jones produced which are highly sought after today. 
George Jones died in 1893 and the works became known as Crescent Potteries in 1907. 
In my last post I showed you all a green transferware plate I'll be using in my Saint Patricks Day tablescape.  They are also by George Jones.    I figured I should tell you all about these plates now because I'm not mentioning English anything in my Irish tablescape for St. Patrick's Day.  Just don't tell anyone I'm using English transferware when you see these in my table next week!   Besides, they've actually got an Italian scene on them anyway! 

 And, here's Trevor trying to get into every tablescape I do.  You all 

would not believe how many pictures I have of his big head in my 

photo shoots!

See you all tomorrow with a recipe for my Irish Cream Truffles and Irish Cream Toffee Coffee Ice Cream! Mmmm.  I'm still posting a few more Irish things before St. Patrick's Day!

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  1. Love your table and the pattern! The moss is a nice touch! I live in a Victorian House (1883) and my dining room has Bradbury & Bradbury papers from their Aesthetic Movement patterns.

  2. I would love to see photos of your dining room paper, Jewel!

  3. A perfect place setting so close to the start of Spring, Nancy. The silver pattern and willow chargers are perfectly suited to the transferware pattern. It's like being in a forest!

  4. Ohhhhhhh...this pattern is so cute - love the flatware with the plates, too!

    Please stop by and take a look at my Give-Away - ends tomorrow!


  5. I love the plate designs AND the tablescape. Tell Trevor that he will have to be Vana White soon and model some of the pieces of china!
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  6. Gorgeous Nancy! Love the dishes and the silverware!

  7. What beautiful dishes, I just love those little bees Nancy :o)
    Rose H

  8. They are just beautiful! But All i have seen for you is always beautiful! I love your dishes. Thanks for sharing you lovely post.Come and follow me back I lost my followers and had to start over Joann

  9. As always, Nancy, you have "set" the whole table. It is lovely. I, too, love the Aesthetic Movement period, especially the silver (swoon!). Thanks for sharing!

  10. Beautiful, as always, Nancy! I love these dishes and can't believe this is a 125 year old pattern. I've seen a similar colorway in bird plates {new} and I do love the simplicity of the pattern. You set a beautiful table, too. That silverware is gorgeous.

  11. Irish Cream Coffee Toffee Ice Cream...I'm having trouble remembering anything else that I just saw...not really. I like so much of George Jones work, and the Bumble Bee plates are outstanding. I had to laugh that Dhawn even had an opinion on what would go in your blog. Everything you publish is superb...over the top or not. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  12. Wonderful set, great history lesson and a super table.

    - The Tablescaper

  13. The moss placemats work perfectly and the daisies are just lovely with this pattern.

  14. Where on earth do you find all your beautiful dishes?

  15. These transferware plate are so sweet and make a beautiful table setting. I love the bees and daisies theme. Thanks for the history behind them. Pamela

  16. I just lovve seeing your transferware collection, Nancy. So beautiful!...Christine

  17. Oh - I always love your beautiful tablescapes and all of your transferware. Beautiful spring table! Thanks so much for sharing! Mrs. S

  18. Fabulous Nancy, and love how you paired it with the rustic charger and those moss placemats are incredible to carry the theme. Perfect!

  19. Charming plates with daisies and bees! Thanks for the history lesson, I always look forward to reading about all the patterns/makers.

  20. I love the Bees & Daisies pattern. Beautiful! I stopped by to let you know that my blog post today has a link to you. I wanted to say a big "Thank You" for the gift certificate I won through Common Ground from you! You have so many beautiful things to chose from, but I'm enjoying the search!

  21. Nancy: Your tablescapes are always so beautiful. What a lovely pattern..Thanks, Judy

  22. I just love how you picked everything to match down to the chargers and the bumble bees are so perfect for Spring. I can't believe you found those beautiful silverware with butterflies. Very lovely..What a table setting!

    Just wanted you to know I'm having my first linky party Simple & Sweet Fridays. Hope you can come by with your inspirational ideas.


  23. Nancy, I find these plates enchanting. Love the little bees buzzing around. Your tablescape is lovely. I'd like to sit down here to enjoy a meal. The placemat is a clever idea. ~ Sarah

  24. Thank you for sharing this set. I never would have guessed its history, because it appears so contemporary. Thank you also for letting us know about the green transferware plate. In the other posts the green detailing in the scrolls around the edge caught my eye.

  25. What a beautiful pattern, Nancy, and you certainly did justice to it with the setting! The moss "placemats" are perfect, as is your centerpiece--with the bees, no less! I know what you mean about having Napoleon Bee, but the flatware you have is so different--I have never seen it in a single 'scape--so they're unique and very pretty. I hope you stop by and visit back. Will be your newest follower as soon as I post this comment. ~Zuni

  26. Your table is lovely. Love those plates--you certainly did justice with your setting. The silverware is perfect for it, and even though it's butterflies instead of bees, it's so unique. I've never seen that pattern. The bees in the centerpiece are such a cute detail. Love it.

  27. Wow Nancy...I just love your bee floral plates..hard to believe they are so ancient and you are so right they look like something that would be in style now! Love the classics as they are always in style!! Your table is gorgeous and works for spring, St Paddys and Easter or summer garden party. I am planning on doing a bee table later this summer..still collecting a few more things! Love your post!
    Miss Bloomers

  28. Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  29. So pretty! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  30. What an absolutely charming table!! Love those dishes and it IS hard to believe that the pattern is so old! Your flatware is beautiful and goes so well with the dishes. The thing is, how can you part with your beautiful dishes all the time???? Happy St. Paddy's day!


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