Tablescape Tuesday: Fit For A Duke

  “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver”
Proverbs‬ ‭25‬:‭11‬

 Remember my friend, Patti?  I have introduced her to you on many occasions as I have shared her lovely home and several tablescapes!  We have enjoyed a forty-one year friendship and along with that, many wonderful memories!  It is so much fun to go to Patti’s and “play” with all of her “stuff”!  I consider her the “queen of china, silver, and crystal!”  I would love to know how many complete sets of each that she owns!  Maybe she will count and I can report that one day.  I hope you enjoy this autumn inspired setting using an unexpected pop of color and china designed especially for a Duke!!

Patti and I set a simple tablescape with autumn in mind!  Every Thanksgiving, Patti and Mike have over fifty family members for a sit down dinner which includes several tables all set with china, sterling silver, and crystal!  (Makes me tired just thinking of that!)

This extraordinary china pattern by Mottahedeh, featuring twenty colors and 22K gold, incorporates colorful fruit and imaginary insects within a rim of green enamel and gold flecking!  The dinner service was originally made for William Henry, Duke of Gloucester, circa 1770.

We layered two placemats, a white linen topped with a quilted gold one!

The butter pat plates with no marking, were designed for holding individual servings of butter!  These were used during the height of the Victorian era when ornate elegance dictated that every place setting at the dining table consist of several dishes for different foods.  Collectors love butter pats, but they are often mistaken for pieces from children’s set.

The cobalt wine stemware was gifted to Patti from a friend!  The cobalt color blends perfectly with the painted millwork!

The centerpiece consists of Gala apples and a pineapple, which is a symbol of hospitality, in a simple white porcelain bowl!

We used cobalt napkins with brass napkin rings!  I love the bold color and the fact that Patti never shies away from following her heart and not the latest trends!

Patti is a fabulous cook, so who wouldn’t enjoy dining in this sunny spot?

The picture on the left was taken in 1981 (we were so young!) when I gave Patti a going-away party, as she was re-locating to North Carolina.  The photo on the right was taken in January of this year at her beautiful home!  Hairstyles have changed a little over the years!

The Details:

China – Mottahedeh “Duke of Gloucester” pattern
Sterling flatware – Lunt “Belle Meade” pattern
Stemware – Home Goods
Bowl with fruit – Tuesday Morning
Butter pat plates – vintage from an antique shop

pam closing

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  1. Kim says:

    What gorgeous, china! I love cobalt blue, and it looks fabulous on your friend’s table! Call me emotional, menopausal, or whatever, but the pictures of you two then and now made me cry. Such sweet memories between friends. What a blessing, for sure! I always enjoy your posts with a personal touch. 🙂

  2. Paula Bradshaw says:

    Dear Pam,

    What a sweet blog today. Not only were the place settings beautiful, but I loved the reminiscent story about you and your friend and the pictures. It’s wonderful to have great long-lasting friendships.

    Thank you again for sharing from your heart. It certainly touched mine.

    Paula Bradshaw


  3. Friendships are truly great blessings to cherish! Loved the past and present picture.
    Such a beautiful china pattern! Very beautiful colors and is especially elegant. The cobalt glassware draws your eye and the quilted yellow placements are a great backdrop. I like the fresh fruit centerpiece that is classic and brings together all the elements of a perfectly beautiful tablescape.

  4. Rosie M. says:

    Positively exquisite! Thank you for sharing this table. I love all the components. Isn’t it wonderful to have such a close friend for so many years? What memories you must have!
    Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  5. Jann Olson says:

    Wow, the dishes are gorgeous! Sounds like Patti is an amazing woman. Love the two photos of the two of you. I have a friend that I met in 6th grade. Love those lifelong friendships! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  6. FABBY says:

    How wonderful you got together with a dear friend. The table setting is gorgeous, the china is to die for, so full of color and a happy pattern. Love the centerpiece. I’m pinning it too.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  7. Jenny says:

    I loved reading your post today. Of course, the table setting is absolutely gorgeous – I just love the blue, but I also learned about those little individual butter serving plates. Most importantly, it was so special to read about your friendship, and to see that side by side photo. Thanks for sharing!

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