Monday, September 2, 2013

Still In Love ~ 38 Years & I'd Do It Again

Favorites on the 1st

with Alison @ The Polohouse

This Month's Theme ~ Favorite China Patterns

Still in love and

happily married for 38 years!

All these years later I wouldn't change a thing,

including our choice of fine china which we

selected together when we registered for our wedding china.

Richard Ginori ~ Palermo Brown

We selected this pattern for its simplicity 

and the touch of chocolate brown.

Our crystal selection was by Denby 

in a rich amber brown with clear stems.  

Richard Ginori china has been produced since 1735.  

As with many of the porcelain 

and china factories in the UK and Europe,

Ginori experienced financial difficulties. 

The company declared bankruptcy in January 2013.

In April 2013, Ginori was purchased by Gucci

with plans to improve the factory in Florence

and continue to produce the 

high-end products under its name.

Palermo Brown has been a 

discontinued pattern since 1988, 

but one can still find it 

through eBay and online retailers.

This pattern was also produced in several other colors.

~ rust ~ green ~ yellow ~ blue ~ black ~

As you can see, 

this is a very versatile pattern.

It's easy to mix it with a variety of linens,

chargers, and patterned salad or dessert plates.

Here it is paired with an inexpensive salad plate, 

Classic Tidings Tartan from Target.

Here with another fine china,

Olde Avesbury by Royal Crown Derby

and Italian pewter chargers.

The colorful Birds of Paradise and Oriental Pheasants 

in Olde Avesbury are taken from an original embroidery.

This pattern was first produced as above in 1932,

but now one can purchase many other color variations

 that have been derived from this pattern.

The green charger is by Zrike.

Our colored crystal by Denby 

compliments both of these china patterns.

Last summer I loaned our china to a friend 

for an alfresco dinner party.

She set an elegant table with gold chargers 

and white linens with an added touch of burgundy.

I just may copy this idea for our 

Thanksgiving table come November.

I'd be a real copycat right 

down to the Bosc pears and the

gorgeous rose bouquets in urns.

Or I may do something totally different 

and use the set of Mottahedeh Sacred Bird and Butterfly plates 

that were a gift from Cherry Kay @ Entertaining Women.

You can view the complete post on this table here.

I paired them with the set of 

Walbrzych salad plates that were a thrift store find

and woven rattan chargers from Pier One.

Alison gave us permission to share favorite

china patterns that we own or ones we wished to own.

She called it "wishful thinking"!

I was curious to know what other patterns might work with 

Sacred Bird and Butterfly. 

Off I went to a local shop that carries this pattern

 to see what might be a nice compliment

 to this beautiful rust design.

~ Royale Limoges ~

 Carolle Paprika Dessert Plate w/ Thin Gold Filet

Danielle Presentation Plate w/ Gold Band on White Porcelain

I'm adding the Carolle Paprika dessert plates 

to my "wishful thinking" list.

What do you think?

If you enjoy pretty dishes you should hurry on over to 

Link up you favorite china patterns and see what 

others favor for their personal table settings.

Tutorials, Tips, and Tidbits @ Stone Gable

My tip for selecting a china pattern, is to select a simple rimmed white plate that will easily coordinate with other pieces.  It's fun to mix things up with accent pieces, pretty linens, glassware, and flatware.

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