Blue and white china was on my mind today. I have many pieces that I have collected over the years and I will show them all to you in one of my future blogs. However, today I am using only enough for an intimate supper for two.
Blue and white china is popular all over the world - I can certainly see why!
The blue and white dinner plates are Alfred Meakin’s “Edinburgh” pattern. This is near and dear to my heart, because my great-grandmother was a Cameron and I love all things Scottish. The Scottish theme, also, will be another blog – probably one of our Motif Mondays. Edinburgh is a wonderful place and I have had the opportunity to visit the city on my travels, but I have never made the pilgrimage to the Highlands. I am looking forward to searching for my Cameron roots there some day and, perhaps, I can search for more blue and white, as well!
The cobalt blue charger is from Horchow and the lovely white plate is a dinner plate in the Lenox “Opal Innocence Carved” pattern that was bought at Dillard's.
The cobalt blue goblets are from Horchow, also.
The bread and butter plates were made by EIT and were designed by Will or William Mellor (1851-1931), who was an English painter. The plates show a picture of “The Old Curiosity Shop”. I really do not remember where I bought them, but I feel sure that it was in an antique shop or at an antique show. The butter paddles were a discount store purchase.
The table is covered with a rose colored tablecloth. I have always loved the way that blue and white china looks against that color. On the matching napkins are blue and white porcelain napkin rings, which were purchased at an import shop. I have only four of them and so wished that I had bought more!
The small crystal and sterling compotes are from Duchin Creations. My mother gave me one years ago and, recently, my daughter found a matching one for me. I was thrilled!
The flatware was part of my grandmother’s silverplate collection. It is “Presentation” by S.L. and G.H. Rogers Oneida. I chose it for these place settings, because part of the pattern looks like tiny blue (!) bells to me.
It is wonderful that the silverplate collection included iced tea spoons. We Southerners love our sweet tea!
The centerpiece is a blue and white vase with the simplest of flowers – the first blooms of the season from one of our Bradford pear trees.
The crystal candle holders were bought at a Mikasa outlet, before the company closed all of their stores.
The table is set and, now, I just hope that I can find a recipe to cook for supper that will do justice to the pretty settings!