Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Lombardy Table for One

As you know, I want to use sets of dishes that we have not used before to set the Table for One. And Pat is right - it doesn't take much creativity to set a table with matching dinnerware: candles, flowers, salt and pepper shakers and you have a tablescape. OK - so, if we can sneak in a table or two once in a while, I will be happy.

This week's table uses Johnson Brothers "The Lombardy" - an old, classic, scalloped shaped pattern with a gold rope trim. It has a sweet, colorful combination of tiny blue, orange, yellow, and pink flowers on a soft yellow rim. And I love it.
Over view of the table - "The Lombardy" by Johnson Brothers

The place setting (with the addition of a luncheon plate). It sits on an ecru colored lace placemat.

Flatware is vintage "April" silverplate by Wm Rogers & Son

The ever popular Princess House glassware (in all honesty, Pat did not want to use these glasses, but we do not own a smaller size glass set that would compliment the dishware - so, Princess House it is....)

Johnson Brothers used this crown for identification purposes starting in 1913
The orange color was hand applied during manufacturing - it is slightly raised

Pat used a small vintage luncheon napkin

Pat made an assorted silk flowers arrangement in a unique vase that matches the candle holders

One last look
Where it came from:
Ecru Lace Placemat - from Lentz Department Store in Ferndale, Ca
Dishware - "The Lombardy" by Johnson Brothers from Pat's collection
Flatware - "April" Silverplate by Wm Rogers & Son from Pat
Glassware - from Princess House years ago
Creamer and Sugar on Tray Set - by Fostoria (pattern unknown)
Blue Candle Holders and Matching Vase Set - by Abingdon Potteries from our collection
Silk Roses - Michael's
Off White Candles - Bed, Bath, and Beyond

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

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

Nothing of general interest - just for dish nerds:

According to Kovels' New Dictionary of Marks, the plate identification mark was used beginning in 1913 onward. I can't find an actual date of production.

Johnson Brothers: Classic English Dinnerware, a guide by Bob Page and Dale Frederiksen, says that the pottery company was sold to the Wedgwood Group in 1968 (which eventually morphed into the Waterford-Wedgwood Company in 1986. By 2004, the Johnson Brothers ware was being "outsourced" around the world.) Today, there is a more modern and definitely inferior "The Lombardy" being sold by outlets like Sears.....oh dear.

"Pareek" ware is Johnson Brothers' name for off-white colored patterns produced after sales slowed during and after World War I.


  1. Pretty table! and I love how they applied the additional orange color, it gives such dimension to the dishes. Very nice!!

  2. Your table setting is lovely and elegant. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. I adore that flatware! Everything looks so pretty!