Sunday, June 8, 2014

Lunch with Josiah Spode

OK - I admit it. Pat and I have a lot of dishes.....way too many some people say (not us of course but there are many, many family members and friends that think we have definitely "gone over the edge" when it comes to our dish addiction.) And needless to say, we have not used anywhere close to all of them on our Table for One (even with 25 different tables set in December.)

So - I am "pushing" Pat to not repeat any dishware until we have used at least all/most of the complete sets that we have (I will not even tell you how many of those we have and would never admit to how many accent plates we own....) Last week was the first week of using some of our collection. This week is no exception.

The table is set with Spode "Buttercup." It has a beautiful deeply fluted rim and is actually earthenware - not porcelain. The older backstamps were used from 1924 through 1992. The "new" backstamp was first used in1960 and went until 2003.
Over view of the table - the Armani figurine was the inspiration for choosing the dinnerware

The place setting

Flatware is "Sofia" by Argent

First layer of the place setting is a cream soup and liner. You can see the "wicker" detail on the fluted rims

The salad plate was produced around 1954. You can actually see a difference between the browns and golds on this plate compared to the much older and lighter dinner plate below.

This is the back of the salad plate - this backstamp was used in 1954

The wooded charger is from Pier 1

This napkin ring was used because it looked very similar to the flower on the plate have arms like that......what I wouldn't give......(and that waist line.....)

Instead of using a placemat, Pat often uses napkins to add a touch of color to the place setting

One last look at the place setting
Where it all came from:
Wooden Charger - Pier 1
Dishware - "Buttercup" by Spode from Pat's collection, from eBay, and from Replacements
Flatware - Sage Green "Sofia" by Argent from Marshall's
Glassware - "Expresso" by Lenox gifted from Pat's daughter and Replacements
Ivory and Sage Green Napkins - Tuesday Morning
Napkin Ring - from Pier 1
Armani Figurine - from our Mother's collection

We will be joining Christine's "Table It" at Rustic & Refined this Monday:

We will also be joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch this Thursday for "Tablescape Thursday":


  1. You are women after my own heart! I can't understand why people think more than a few sets of dishes is too many.
    Beautiful reminds me of Valencia, they have the basketweave pattern and ruffled edges, too.

  2. Just the name Spode Buttercup, reminds me of summer days when we all sat down for dinner at 5. Then afterwards, we could go out and play until the street lights went on, except for those of you raised in the country (which had it's own benefits). What is a beautiful setting, if this has been hiding in the cupboard, I can't wait to see next weeks post.

  3. Don't you just love Spode and its details? I LOVE the wicker pattern, textures and patterns on their plates. I so wish you ladies had participated in The Tablescaper's challenge to answer the question, "Where Do You Store it All?" I'd love to know how you organize and store all your dishes. I am sure it is very impressive. NEVER feel you have too much. As a fellow tablescaper, you can never have too much joy in your life (and beautiful dishes do bring so much joy!) Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  4. Oh wow, I love the spode! and your stunning female figurine and the glasses...Ok, Ok I love the entire table! and keep up the great work with trying to not repeat dishes...I have a hard enough time not playing with my favorites over and over...I can't imagine if I had a larger amount to choose from!
    Thanks so much for linking up at the Table It Link Party:-)

  5. I have never seen this pattern before, but I find it to be just lovely. It is so soft and it makes me think of lovely slow summer afternoons. I love your inspiration piece also.

  6. This is truly one of the prettiest Spode patterns I have seen. You have used it wonderfully. Beautiful, delicate, feminine table!