Today's tablescape I just threw together without much planning to examine how my new Versace chargers would look on the table. After months on order they finally arrived just days before Christmas.
The pattern is Grand Divertissement by Versace made in Germany by Rosenthal a great old porcelain firm. This is the charger at 13" diameter hosting "Mr. Eyebrows" in the center. The other items in this pattern have different designs on them. Love the big swirls.
You can also see this pattern in the November/December 2012 issue of Victoria magazine on pages 28-33. The purple of the plates on those pages look much richer and darker than these are in person. As you can see in my photos they are more lavender color.
I had a crinkled taffeta tablecloth that was approximately the same purple. The Sferra napkins I have are a bit too light so I need to look for darker ones.
I do love the way they used gold to accent the design. The dinner plate at top is an antique set of Wm. Guerin from Limoges. When I bought the set I thought the flowers were Bachelor Buttons or Cornflowers but now I am thinking they are Thistles. Anybody know for sure? I have no idea what the pattern name is. Most likely made 1890-1910. Purchasing this set on eBay carries with it some horrid memories of dealing with the seller who didn't seem to know the difference between a lie and the truth on condition. No chips or cracks has a different meaning to her.
I first fell in love with the HUGE soup tureen she was selling and ended up purchasing most of the service. I do want to mention that I was crazy over this set and I do NOT buy china with little flowers all over them. I'm sure you have seen Limoges plates with little blue, pink, yellow, etc. sprigs scattered about. They just don't appeal to me. So I broke my rules in buying this pattern. I am a nut case for any old French porcelain and had this not been French, I definitely would have passed on it.
I am participating in:
Tablescape Thursday on Between Naps On The Porch.