Monday, December 29, 2008

Tablescape Tuesday: Bird Plates

An after-Christmas sale is going on at the antique store , and I snapped up those pheasant plates, along with two dainty Limoges dishes. And I paired them with modern Lenox (click on any picture for a closer look).
Each dish features a different bird.



The shamrock salad plate (above) has an H on it--I bought it many years ago. Sometimes it hangs on the wall, and sometimes I use it in tablescapes.

I love when the dishes don't quite match. And the beauty of each piece is allowed to stand on its own.

The Limoges dishes look sweet with the Lenox--and the bird is fun.

Here's the view from Dr. Gollum's chair. The men in my family are quite territorial about "their" chairs.

This little pheasant is much more colorful in person. I think it's going to look beautiful with the gray-blue pottery.

I am so glad that all of you encouraged me to buy the pheasant plates.

Because I have a major bird theme going on in the house. I found birdcages and bird dishes and little nests--and it will be fun to use these items in different ways.

And here's a little nest ...it's sitting on a ceramic leaf.

This plate has pink flowers.
A closer look at the bird.


The stemmed water glass was a wedding gift, but I bought the iced tea glasses at the sale--couldn't pass them up! $5 for 6. They're quite elegant, and I just know they're going to be versatile.


Another pheasant dish with slight wear--all the more wonderful. I can't help but wonder at the history of this plate--how many Thanksgivings, how many family dinners. Oh, the tales he could tell.

A closer look at the Lenox.
Dr. Gollum received the orange flowers--and the Eastern Phoebes.
Another quail plate.
Up close, the two dishes almost seem like jewelry.
Or delicate ballgowns from another place and time. Here's a closer look at the Limoges.

Here, you can see the edge of the lovely shamrock plate, with its faded gold H.

Well, I'm off to visit Susan and all of my tablescaping buddies at Between Naps on the Porch. See yall there.

51 comments:

  1. *What fabulous pieces you have assembled here Michael, & they undoubtedly have a story to tell~~~ most likely a beautiful one that I know we'd all LOVE to hear.. if only........ oh, darn it! BTW, you K-N-O-W I would have purchased those plates had I "seen them first", girlfriend!!! I adooooore them!~~~ Happy hugs, Linda

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  2. Ohh love those little birds and quite a collection for sure;) I have been roaming the pages of Ebay looking for my next set;) I hope I haven't lost everything on my blog my my entire side bar is GONE! Yikes! Hugs French;)

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  3. Oh My!!! Your bird plates are exquisite! I love the little bird in the nest too! :)

    Your stemware and icetea glasses are beautiful as well!

    I saw a few Red Robin plates in TJ Maxx and thought of you! They were lovely! :)


    xoxoxoxoxo
    Donna Marie

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  4. I just spent FOREVER going through this posting. I enlarged every picture in the posting, because I HAD to see all of these plates up close! What a gorgeous assembly of plates. I love all of them. It appeared that the dinner plate has a bird design also. Does it? That is the most beautiful pattern with that lacy looking gold edge. Those bargain tea glasses go so well with your wedding gift stemware! Love that candelabra with the bird, and that beautiful bucket of flowers. I'm going back to look at all of it again! laurie

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  5. Hi Gollum, One last peek before I go to bed. Very beautiful place settings this week. You know that I enjoy a bird theme. I have them throughout my house. The plate with the little "H" works well for us our last initial is "H". My favorite setting is Dr. Gollum's with the little phoebes. Good night ~ Robyn

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  6. beautiful. love the golden light, makes the plates just shimmer~ the bird plates are darling and versatile, excellent addition. i really enjoy your use of nests, cages, birds, candlesticks, etc. to tie it all together. its so fun to have a large table to play with, endless ideas on a blank canvass~

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  7. what? no sweets? send them my way for my blue/white setting this week!

    seriously though....enough sweets for me for awhile!

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  8. Oh Gollum this is just Beautiful and I am so glad you got your dishes...I just love the little birds and nest how cute is that..and Dr.G should be at the head of the table...it all looks just Wonderful and beautiful girl..thanks so much for sharing another great Mrs.G post...hugs and smiles...I loved your year review picture...but where;s the scary face one?? You are just too funny dear friend..hugs and smiles Gloria...hows that book coming???

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  9. You were simply "meant" to have those plates...you know and see that now, yes? (lol)

    A harmonic combination of patterns...all balanced through sclae...
    Most pleasing to the eye, to the heart and to the soul...

    An elegant display :) One worthy of celebration!

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  10. Perfect as usual. You have such great taste. What a collection you have. mishelle

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  11. I just love all your plates. You have a wonderful collection and a great eye for putting them together.

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  12. Oh girl, I would have been scooping up those pheasant plates, too. They are gorgeous.

    Each of your settings is so lovely. And, you made me smile about the chair territory. We have that in our family, too.

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  13. I can see why you grab all these bird plates up; they are beautiful.
    What a tablescape you have done today. I love the glasses also.
    The bird nest make me think of spring.
    Blossom

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  14. You have some of the most beautiful dishes I have ever seen.And you put them together beautifully.Happy New Year,,,Ann

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  15. Good morning Gollum, this is too gorgeous for words. The pheasant plates stole my heart..I'm definetly going to be on the look out for some to add to my ever growing china collection.:-) I especially love the nest and bird you added. I have several of those myself and you might see some of those worked into a tablescape at some point.. This is just full of some mighty fine eye candy..
    hugs ~lynne~

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  16. Good morning Gollum, this is too gorgeous for words. The pheasant plates stole my heart..I'm definetly going to be on the look out for some to add to my ever growing china collection.:-) I especially love the nest and bird you added. I have several of those myself and you might see some of those worked into a tablescape at some point.. This is just full of some mighty fine eye candy..
    hugs ~lynne~

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  17. Good morning Gollum, this is too gorgeous for words. The pheasant plates stole my heart..I'm definetly going to be on the look out for some to add to my ever growing china collection.:-) I especially love the nest and bird you added. I have several of those myself and you might see some of those worked into a tablescape at some point.. This is just full of some mighty fine eye candy..
    hugs ~lynne~

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  18. Beautiful plates...I love those Quail ones and the little birds and the nest...I am starting to lean toward more woodland things lately ...especially birds & nest and hunting dogs! lol Have a great day my friend and Happy New Year to you & yours!

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  19. Oh my, what a beautiful table setting and the plates are to die for, you have the most wonderful collection of plates!

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  20. Just perfect!! A perfect combination & your attention to the details are wonderful!
    Bet you're glad you reconsidered this purchase...HUH?
    I love the addition of the dainty florals to the masculinity of the bird theme.
    Happy New Year!

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  21. Welll thanks a lot! Now I have to have some bird plates! ;o)

    Seriously...those are beautiful & I must have some. Your table is beautiful as always!

    BTW enjoyed your goat story!

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  22. Hi Gollum! Your tablescape is devine! I love bird plates, pictures, just anything, and there is shear beauty in the ones you've chosen. The tea glasses were a steal and so lovely. Deb

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  23. Oh! I forgot to say I love how you've place your napkins.

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  24. Oh I really love your bird theme! Everything looks so rich and elegant! Happy New Year to you and yours...

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  25. I love your bird plates, and the little bird on a nest is so sweet! You put everything together so well.

    By the way, I had asked you a question on your "tea" post, but you probably didn't see it. Could you share the manufacturer and pattern name of your beautiful tureen that has the fruit on the top?

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  26. How lucky were you! Your bird plates can't be beat-they are gorgeous! (of course, I expect nothing less from you) The little nesting bird was a nice touch!

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  27. Tammy,the tureen is made by Fitz and Floyd.

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  28. Another gorgeous setting, M! And I can't believe you got 6 of those glasses for $5. And, they coordinate soooooooo well with your stemmed glasses!

    Justine :o )

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  29. Hi G, I must admit I am coveting the pheasant plates.I want to do a pheasant theme next year for thanksgiving.My mother has a wonderful Pheasant feather cloche hat that she wore when I was a little girl and I am going to use it as a flower pot.I can't wait,it is full of wonderful colors so you see, I really need those plates.The hunt will be fun!Thank you for sharing it is as always, breathtaking, Kathysue

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  30. Hi G, I must admit I am coveting the pheasant plates.I want to do a pheasant theme next year for thanksgiving.My mother has a wonderful Pheasant feather cloche hat that she wore when I was a little girl and I am going to use it as a flower pot.I can't wait,it is full of wonderful colors so you see, I really need those plates.The hunt will be fun!Thank you for sharing it is as always, breathtaking, Kathysue

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  31. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the birds, they are so sweet. All the pictures on your blog are just beautiful to look at. I've enjoyed my visit very much! Happy New Year. Michelle

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  32. Gollum, I adore those pheasant plates. The way you put a tablescape together is amazing. I am going to start shopping for some tablescape items. I don't have much in the way of formal dishes. I do have a lot of really nice casual stoneware type dishes. You are a inspiration! oh, I do have a bird theme in my home, too. I have a very similar nest. Among other bird things. I use them a lot inside and outside.
    Hugs, Terrie

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  33. Wonderful plates, really nice touches with the birds, nests and all. Thanks for sharing, I have to look again so good!
    Linda

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  34. I am mesmerized by the beauty. I le the candlelight effect of the photos! Absolutely gorgeous startto finish!!!!!

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  35. Good afternoon Gollum~ ~ ~
    What a stunning table you set. It just glows. I'll bet you are a marvelous cook too. To eat at your table would be an honor. I love a beautifully set table it makes food served on it taste much better. Don't you think?

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  36. Thanks, Gollum, regarding the tureen!

    Every day I visit your blog first thing to see what new eye candy you've posted. Always love seeing Mister too!

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  37. All of the bird plates are so elegant paired with your other lovely dishes. Sally

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  38. That table scape is so so pretty!I love the bird nest too. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

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  39. gg, this is wonderful, you have a great talent. I love the little mushroom birds too. I have had some for 20 years or more and still love to get them out each spring. 50 stars vickydarnell

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  40. Absolutely lovely!

    What a beautiful blog you have created~ it's so nice to come visit. xo~m.

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  41. Oh G-girl everything is exquisite!! I'm so glad you picked up the bird plates! They are gorgy! And you sooo scored with those ice tea glasses too! And ooohhhh the details on the limoge make me long to paint!! Wouldn't that detailing be gorgeous on just about ANYTHING??!! *sighs* Vanna

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  42. Hi Michael...don't know why I love bird plates but I do and your's are fabulous! Love the little nests, eggs and bird...soooo cute! I love how you've mixed and matched up beautiful settings....soooo special that way! Thanks for another beautifully creative tablescape! You never disappoint! Susan

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  43. Dear Gollum,

    What else can I say except another great post. I had a busy day today and found it so relaxing looking at your fantastic table setting. As with everything you do, it turned out great.

    Ciao
    'D'

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  44. The setting is gorgeous Gollum! I love all the gold rim in the dishes- I would feel as if I was having dinner in a palace or castle with all that gold around!!!

    blessings
    mary

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  45. Beautiful! I am a major bird nut! I have oodles of nests and birds and I use them in my tablescapes too. Fun!!

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  46. I just love the bird theme! The plates are so great, the ice tea glass, what a deal, and how wonderful they look with your tablescape. I love the birds nest most of all! lol I love to make nest, When traveling I bought one everyone were so surprised! lol

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  47. Oh Gollum...how beautiful! I love the way you mix and match! The Limoges plates are gorgeous! I'm curious about the little plate with the H...wouldn't we love to know it's history. Silly me...I'm thinking ..Heathcliff...but he would never have had a plate so delicate! Happy New Year!...Debbie

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  48. So elegantly set! I just love those plates, they're exquisite!...Christine

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  49. This tablescape is simply awesome. I am so glad that I found your blog...I'm looking forward to following you in the new year:-)

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