Let's use the same linens, flatware, and florals to set two different fall tablescapes with Chinoiserie vibes, muted pastels, and that cozy autumn feel!
Versatility is key when adding to your tableware collection. Next to china, table linens are probably your biggest investment, and it is so important to choose pieces that can be used for multiple occasions and seasons. Invest in classic linens that charm you in colors you love, and you will be able to mix and match them in so many many ways.
These pretty linens in muted pastels and earth tones are just what I'm talking about. This plaid tablecloth from April Cornell with crochet edge and mix of colors will serve me from spring to fall. I can foresee using it for Easter, summer picnics, and fall tablescapes like this one. The green placemats and napkins from Katherine Young Home are even more versatile as this lovely sage green is season-less.
So what makes these linens work for fall?
The china patterns and centerpieces! What you pair with the table linens makes them feel fall appropriate.
A Fall Tablescape 2 Ways
The first table setting features a gorgeous collection of vintage French faience from St. Clément. An ironstone compote filled with luscious dahlias decorates the center of the fall tablescape. Want to amp up the fall vibes? Add a tumble of mini pumpkins down the center.
French faience is a tin-glazed earthenware form of pottery that dates back to the 16th century. Originally brought to France by Italian artisans, this style became widely popular in the late 17th and early 18th centuries as Europeans sought a less expensive alternative to porcelain. Among the French nobility faience gained sudden status when Louis XIV's sumptuary laws required the melting down of gold and silver objects for coinage.
Courtiers turned to locally produced pottery to replace their elaborate dinner services, and, consequently, an almost overnight frenzy for faience occurred. Marie Antoinette used faience for her Petite Trianon and Madame de Pompadour amassed some 300 pieces by 1764. Learn more about the history of French faience here.
St. Clément, a faience factory, just outside of Lunéville was established in 1758 by Jacques Chambrette as a branch of his Lunéville pottery. Aimed at a higher market, St. Clément was designated as a Royal Supplier to Marie-Antoinette. While passing through multiple owners over the centuries, St. Clément is the oldest earthenware pottery still active.
The faience set on this autumn table features typical Chinoiserie themes with a Chinese man centered on each plate. On some plates he is playing a musical instrument others he is fishing and some he is smoking or juggling balls. This pattern is painted in the vibrant colors of the petit feu (low fired) style of faience.
This large collection is available to shop below!
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French Faience St. Clément Chinoiserie Plates$64.00 – $96.00 Select options
French Faience St. Clément Chinoiserie Serving Pieces$18.00 – $67.00 Select options
French Faience St. Clément Chinoiserie Set$74.00 Add to cart
Red Cliff Ironstone Heritage Compote$74.00 Add to cart
White Spotted Blown Glass Pitcher & Glasses$74.00 Add to cart
The second fall table styling features Royal Doulton Tonkin dishes with a unique fall centerpiece idea of ceramic pagoda flanked by small bouquets of colorful dahlias. Creating a whimsical table centerpiece always brings a certain playfulness to a tablescape that makes guests relax and feel welcome.
Royal Doulton is an English pottery that dates back to 1815 when it started in London (then just named Doulton). Known for their excellence in fine stoneware and sanitary ware, RD soon gained the attention of Queen Victoria who employed Doulton to make water filters for her castles and palaces. In 1901 the pottery finally received the royal warrant, thus, adding the royal to their name.
Continuing their production of fine china today, Royal Doulton is well known for their artistry, ceramic innovation, and of course the character jug series like the twelve tinies and the Dickens characters. Learn more about the history of Royal Doulton here.
This fall setting showcases an elegant Indian tree porcelain from Royal Doulton. The pattern is called Tonkin, and it was first produced in the 1970s and discontinued in 1992. The soft sage greens accented by a pale blue, warm brown, and golden yellow feels perfect for autumn. The Indian tree pattern was a popular Chinoiserie theme copied from Indian textiles in the 19th century. It features crooked branches with exotic flowers. These dishes are available to shop below!
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I hope these two looks for fall tablescapes inspires you to try something new for your autumn entertaining. Fall table centerpieces can be whimsical or elegant include pumpkins or not. Invest in quality linens you adore and play with different china patterns, glassware, and florals to create a seasonally appropriate table.