Spring Green

By Karen Parr-Moody

 

Despite the gloom of winter, one can dream of spring by glimpsing all of the green items at GasLamp. This hue speaks of bounty and bloom, and it truly nature’s color.

 

The cheery green tea table in the photo, right, simply begs to be placed in a sunny Florida room ($170; Booth B-200). Covered in a floral tole painting, it is such a clear reminder of spring.

 

"Tole,” which is French for "sheet iron," originally referred to metal ware items produced and decorated in France during the 18th-century. The decoration consisted of a style of one-stroke painting that gained favor in North America, as well, specifically among the Pennsylvania Dutch and Scandinavian immigrants.Tole painting increases the beauty of any piece.

 

 

The gorgeous majolica platter in the photo, left, is the very picture of spring ($75; Booth B-200). It is slathered with embossed grape leaves and vines, true to the form of Victorian majolica. This porous earthenware was popular for its use of natural forms, including vegetables such as corn and cauliflower. Who know that lowly vegetables could be transformed into works of art? But majolica managed this feat and was first introduced by Minton & Company at London’s Crystals Palace Exhibition of 1851.

 

 

 

 

 

In other tabletop finery, these Frenchcordial goblets in the photo, right, are tailor made for daydreaming about spring days to come (set of 6, $24.95; Booth B-219). These Luminarc Cris D'Arques Durand pieces were made in France during the period from 1996 to 2008; they are now discontinued. Cris D'Arques is a well-known glass company that has been based in Arques, Pas-de-Calais since 1825. The pattern is appropriately called "Emerald" for the deep green stem on each goblet. On the bottom of each glass, the word “France” is embossed.

 

 

 

Spring brings the return of a flurry of birds, so when we see them in pictures, naturally, our pulse quickens for warmer days. This print in the photo, left, is made even more spring-like because of the deep green frame that holds it (comes with a second framed print; $28; Booth B-103). It shows the fork-tailed flycatcher, a bird with a breeding range is from Mexico to Argentina. What a whimsical creature for decorating a room!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bringing in spring with the right floral arrangement is easy enough, but to make one even more picturesque, place it in a vintage plant stand (photo, right, $85; Booth-103). This stand, in a deep leaf green, would look smart if filled with an arrangement of forced bulbs, including hyacinth and tulips. Some English ivy draping over the sides would make the dramatic presentation complete.

 

The winter doldrums will continue for a few weeks longer, according to that sage groundhog Punxsutawney Phil. But one can bring spring inside with some wonderful shades of green to evoke warmer times of year. 

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