Yesterday I started to build my perfect warehouse for party planning. Imaginary of course, but fun none the less. Today I am going to stock it with colorful, impactful fine china.
Here are my top 5 choices:
1) An all time favorite china pattern - Mottaheda - Tobacco Leaf - How pretty is this oldie (circa 1780) but oh so goodie? Can you imagine the tabe you would set?
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)
2) Royal Crown Derby's Imari Gold. This would make such a regal table or (stay with me here) a great formal dinner party before a an elegant night of gambling in Monte Carlo! Don't you see a roulette wheel and cards in this classic from the 1800's?
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!
3) Anna Weartherley's Ivy Garland - Don't you just want to go to this garden party? Note to self: Go buy hat immediately!
"Anna Weatherley started her career in designing and manufacturing couture fashion and jewelry. Today her reportiore also includes home furnishings, fine china, and printed textiles. In the early 1990's she established a studio in Budapest, Hungary where she trained a group of highly talented painters to create her collection of handpainted porcelain." (Neiman Marcus)
4) J.L. Coquet Toundra and Paris Metal - I couldn't decide - I need both! They are both soft AND impactful! I would love to have a party of several tables every other table set with one of these patterns.
5) Rosenthal meets Versace's Dedalo - Metropolitan, sexy, shiny - Think New Year's Eve!
The Greek meander band motif is a distinctive element that finds repeated application on many Versace products. The motif is interpreted here in a modern form under the motto: “past meets present”. “Rosenthal meets Versace.” (Rosenthalusa.com)