My last post about using your good things, has made me think a little more about China. And I've become slightly obsessed with the need to have a new dinner service. Don't get excited, I won't be ordering any time soon. The small matter of an upcoming expensive house renovation, lack of a Dining room, or a Butlers pantry to store it all in for that matter, will definitely keep the credit cards in my purse. In addition, we don't have easy access in Australia to many of the truly beautiful designs out there in the world.
So, if I had to choose my fantasy dinner setting, these are some of my picks:
Herend's "Queen Victoria"
Faux Fuchsia's friend Zsa Zsa ("Hungarian to the stars") has a rather hefty collection of Herend, including these pieces of Queen Victoria, which FF posted pictures of after my post on Good Things, no doubt to cause me sleepless nights of envy. Zsa Zsa's collection in Australia would only be rivalled by Pixie Skase, who as you may remember fled Australia in the late 80's after her husband Christopher's company Quintex collapsed. They sailed off on their luxury yacht to a life in exile in Mallorca, Spain with Louis Vuitton duffel bags stuffed full of the Herend china they had lifted from Hardy Bros jewellers (owned by Quintex at the time). I can't say I blame them for that, it would have been very hard to leave behind. Here's part of Zsa Zsa's collection in her private museum in Brisbane. I'm also confident in saying that Zsa Zsa's collection did not come from such nefarious means as Pixie's.
Herend's "Queen Victoria" been endorsed by royalty for over 150 years now (it recieved its name as Queen Victoria purchased a set on display at the 1851 Great Exhibition in London). Hungary presented Prince William and Kate Middleton with a newly re-coloured service for their wedding. It's called "Royal Garden" and is in purples and greens. Very pretty. I just love the butterflies. I'm also now wishing Hungary had sent me a gift for my Wedding: it would have been very gratefully recieved, and I would have written them a lovely thank you note.
Jenni, who writes the lovely blog South Acres Farm filled with beautiful images of places she owns (and her friends beautiful homes) mentioned in my comments section her love of Herend's Rothschild Birds. It's so beautiful as well, I would have a hard time choosing.
And in a totally different style, as I wrote in an earlier post on Isis Ceramics, I wouldn't mind a personalised set of their beautiful hand painted designs incorporating places that are important to Mr AV and I.
I was also rather taken with this set by Bernardaud "Constance" with its pretty neoclassical design
Then I found these beautiful Fortuny plates, which would look stunning in a more modern/ textured/ layered/ Italian style interior. Not too classical, but the patterns are just beautiful.
|Via Architectural Digest|
Or for before dinner drinks a side table with some lovely Baccarat crystal would be nice, this is a more masculine style, which I quite like the style of for drinks.
Or some beautiful glasses by William Yeoward crystal
I so enjoyed reading in the comments about other people's dinner sets, and the happy memories that they have had around the dinner table - Romy's beautiful "Cornucopia" setting by Wedgwood, Patricia and Kate's Spode "Italian Garden", Fiona's Pillyvuyt set, Patricia's "Old Luxembourgh" by V&B.
So doesn't this post make everyone throw out their big white plates and embrace the decorative again? And if you were starting from scratch, what would you choose?
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