A Harvest Tablescape

By Karen Parr-Moody


Between Halloween and Thanksgiving, fall is filled with occasions for inviting family and friends to cocktail parties and Sunday suppers. But even traditional holiday décor needs tweaking from time to time.  


In recent years, tastemakers have added shades of pale blue to the palette of Christmas – and it’s been delightful. A pale blue looks gorgeous with crimson and livens up the standard red-and-green pairing.


These blue pumpkins, above right, in the shades of Ameraucana eggs, can do the same for a fall tablescape ($5.95 each; Booth B-103). To create a gorgeous centerpiece, all you have to add is some miniature squash in shades of cream and a sprinkling of fall leaves. Just imagine the beauty of that color palette.


GasLamp is filled with tableware in the color palette of brown, ivory or brown-and-ivory. Such tones make a gorgeous, neutral backdrop for your other fall colors.


This ceramic tureen in the photo, left, is an example of creamware featuring a chocolate brown transferware pattern ($139; Booth B-200). This tureen was made by Whittaker and Co. Potteries, Hanley, Staffordshire, England. It is marked W & Co., Etruria, Hanley, with the English Design Registry Number RD. No. 53735, which dates it to 1909. The pattern, which dates back to the 1880s, combines geometric forms and exotic Japanesque designs, which were popular during the Aesthetic Movement. This piece would fit perfectly into a fall tableau.


With its dripping brown-and-white glaze, this majolica teacup and saucer looks as delicious as a chocolate sundae (photo, right, $39; Booth B-200). (The flowers molded in high relief simply add to the charm.) This is an example of Mexican “drip ware” majolica, which was produced, in particular, in Oaxaca, Mexico during the 1930s and 1940s.


This set of English, white ironstone pieces in the photo, left, would look lovely in a tablescape filled with fall colors ($37-$75; Booth B-200). Fittingly, the finials on the pitchers are shaped as gourds – possibly pumpkins – and set in a leaf-and-vine design. Ironstone china was first made in 1813 and gained its height of popularity during the mid-1800s. (And, naturally, the art pottery candle holder, with its leaf motif, completes the look.)


In the photo, right, is a ceramic bowl known as Rockingham ware that went into production in the late 1840s to early 1850s at a factory in Bennington, Vermont ($75; W-101). This factory was founded by Captain John Norton, a former Revolutionary War soldier, who began to produce a type of glazed pottery called “redware” in 1785. Such pottery was sold for pennies at the time of its manufacture and was even peddled from door to door.


This mottled brown of Rockingham ware, which is sometimes called “splatter yellow ware,” achieved its decorative effect when an artisan splattered the glaze prior to firing. It falls into the category of Americana.


Buying – at the very least – some serving pieces in brown and white gives you a base that is completely versatile for fall entertaining. Because these colors act as neutrals, they blend in beautifully with the other fall colors – along with the occasional pop of color, such as “Ameraucana egg” blue.

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