As we head towards the Holidays I am going to post some of my favorite table settings from either my readings or searches on the internet and some of my favorite china patterns.
I love an Asian inspired table that isn't just square plates! The Asian culture attaches symbolism to color.
Red: Happiness, marriage, prosperity
Yellow: Against evil, for the dead, geomantic blessings
Green: Eternity, family, harmony, health, peace, posterity
Blue: Self-cultivation, wealth
White: Children, helpful people, marriage, mourning, peace, purity, travel
Gold: Strength, wealth
Gray: Helpful people, travel
Black: Career, evil influences, knowledge, mourning, penance, self-cultivation
An all time favorite china pattern - Mottaheda - Tobacco Leaf - How pretty is this oldie (circa 1780) but oh so goodie? The design shows the leaves of the flowering Nicotiana (Tobacco) plant upon which a small phoenix perches bearing a flowering twig in its beak. This exact reproduction requires twenty-eight colors including 22K gold and five firings to manufacture. The joyous exuberance of the Tobacco Leaf pattern is undiminished by time. Tobacco Leaf is an authorized reproduction for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (dinnerwareetc.com)
Here is Jasper Coran's Wedgwood Chinoiserie pattern; ayummy layered pattern!
Next we have Royal Crown Derby's Imari Gold. The colors of cobalt blue, iron red and burnished gold make a fabulous, timeless table. This pattern of geometric shapes has been in production off and on since the early 1800's. It appears to be modern, while clearly not!