Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Vietri Bellezza

Bellezza Celedon and Bellezza White by Vietri

Since the creation of my blog in August, I find that I look at many everyday things with the prospect of how I might use something on a post. I carry my camera in my purse, always ready to record the moment that might eventually show up on my blog. Today's Tablescape Thursday post is just such an example. I don't have a tablescape of my own to share this week, so I'm sharing some photos of two different settings I've recently seen using Vietri's Bellezza pattern. These tables were at two different stores in two two different cities. It was fun to see these dishes used in various creative ways.

Bellezza Celedon and Bellezza White by Vietri

Bellezza means "beauty" in Italian, and each dish is handmade in Tuscany. This pattern comes in five different colors: buttercream, celadon, sky blue, tomato red, and white. Ornament rolls are used to create the simplicity of design on the various pieces. Antique Italian plates and fabrics were the inspiration for this collection. As seen in these photos, these dishes provide much charm for a dining experience.

Fall Tablescape of Bellezza by Vietri
The leaf motif of the table cloth brings out the fall theme of the colorful leaves used as a centerpiece, but the leather placemats under each place setting provide some depth to set off the subtle colors of this pottery.

A Sampling of the 32 Different Forms in the Bellezza Pattern
Each place setting was set using a different flatware, but I tend to like the Ricci Argentieri bamboo pattern with these dishes. The organic feel fits in with the leaf theme and the hand crafted nature of this pottery. The metal leaf napkin rings used with black napkins are a nice contrast to the soft tones of the dishes.

Bellezza White Small Bowl with Cow Head Handle
Two of my favorite accessory pieces in this collection are two figural form pieces. This one is a small bowl with cow head handle.

Bellezza Celadon Small Pitcher with Rooster Head Handle
Being a fan of rooster forms, I find this small pitcher with the rooster head handle delightful, but it's the cow form above that puts a huge smile on my face.

Table Set with Bellezza Italian Pottery by Vietri
The tall vase with double handles is very graceful at 21 inches in height. It's perfect for this simple arrangement of branches with fall leaves. There are 32 different forms offered in this pattern, including this vase, a 16" tall urn with birds in relief, and two different pitchers. This tablescape uses the larger of the two pitchers to hold more branches with leaves.

Bellezza White Small Bowl with Cow Head Handle
About a month after I had seen the first setting I happened upon another Vietri tablescape while shopping in another city. This little charmer immediately caught my attention again.

Pineta by Vietri
This Vietri tablescape used the Bellezza pieces as accents to coordinate with another Vietri pattern, Pineta. Pineta is inspired by nature with pine, bark, and bird motifs. I was enamored by all the various textures of this tablescape: the woven placemats on the wood planks of the table; the color block napkins in neutrals; the twig nest set between the bowl and the salad plate; the pattern of the Vietri flatware; the pine cone candles sitting in the bowls; and of course the pine leaf and bark patterns of the pottery.

Layers of Pottery Pieces in the Pineta Pattern by Vietri
I personally like the shapes and textures of this pattern which offers 36 different forms. This pottery makes a beautiful statement, especially for the fall season.

Four Piece Place Setting of Pineta by Vietri
Pineta comes in three different colors: the "soft white of winter snow", the "glorious red of a fox's coat", and the "rich brown of an acorn". Even the color descriptions by Vietri are charming! I must admit that I think the square handled trays make beautiful chargers, but at $144 a piece, it would be a pricy place setting.

I hope you've enjoyed my little "photo journal" of Vietri tablescapes. Please leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by today. Then click here to join Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch where you will find a list of tablescape offerings that will amaze you.