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Monday, March 28, 2011

Clarice Cliff Goes Purple!


The inspiration for my table this week came from my little sister, Judy. She bought me 4 purple Royal Staffordshire bread and butter plates by Clarice Cliff in the Tonquin pattern for only $1 each at her local thrift store in southern Vermont. Thank you, Judy! Purple transferware is hard to find almost anywhere here in the middle of nowhere, so I had to resort to eBay! I have seen the color described as plum, mulberry and purple...I think I read that it is actually referred to as purple by the experts...someone correct me if I am mistaken!

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The Tonquin pattern was first produced in the 1920's, in Burslem, England.

Unlike some other china patterns, the pattern is the same on pieces...that is one reason I don't have many full sets of dishes...I am the queen of mix and match!


This pattern makes for a nice place setting.

Bread/butter plate that started the whole table!

The mulberry colored water glasses were purchased at TJMaxx a few years ago and the pale pink wine stems were from Savers a couple years ago.

Individual gravy boat with underplate will be used for salad dressing. It is really tiny, about 5½ inches long, 1¼ inches wide at the top and almost 3 inches tall.

The little pitcher, almost 3 inches tall, will also be used for salad dressing.

The sterling (George K Webster Co., which became a subsidiary of Reed & Barton in 1950) salt and pepper shakers were bought about a month ago at Savers for $3.99, they were in a bag with a couple of round candles. I had no idea they were sterling until I got home and started cleaning them.

The purple coffee pot was a gift from my friend, Patty. The hyacinths are from my yard...oh, the smell in the dining room is heavenly! The silverplated candlesticks are from ARC Thrift Store a couple years ago.

Stacked plates...dinner, salad and soup bowl.

The silverplated napkin rings came from Burlington Coat Factory about 20 years ago.

The sterling flatware is Oneida Afterglow circa 1958.

Overall of the table.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog, I appreciate each one of you! I will be linking up with Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Thank you for hosting, Susan. Please click on the link to BNOTP to see many, many more inspirational tables.

59 comments:

Anonymous said...

Burple is unusual, but makes for a very regal setting. Silver goes with purple like salt goes with pepper; nothing better.
BIL

Magic said...

Very Nice!

Rettabug said...

How pretty this whole scene looks!!! Those plates are BEAUTIFUL & you really scored big-time on the sterling S&P shakers. Lucky-Dog!

Someone in blogland did a purple table & dedicated it to Liz Taylors beautiful eyes. Your soft colors reminded me of that. Very nicely done!

Anonymous said...

i'll try to refrain from purchasing more dishes for you....it tends to become expensive for you!!....very pretty table...
love ya,
judy

mississippi artist said...

I have never seen purple transferware. It is absolutely beautiful. I love the smell of hyacinths too-wish they lasted longer.

Tim Gronek said...

I also thought the table had a REGAL look to it. I did not know that purple was difficult to find. I learn something new everyday! What a find on the salt and pepper shakers, too. Keep on doin' what it is you are doin' M. I love it!

Foley said...

Gorgeous dishes! Lucky you were able to find so many pieces!

Denise said...

oh I look all over for those and never find them,except on the internet and I dont shop the internet.I would adore those.

Anonymous said...

I love any shade of purple so you can imagine how much I like this tablescape. Love from Vermont. bbb

Anonymous said...

Love the Plates! RC

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Very pretty, Marigene, the purple makes a beautiful tablescape!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

A very 'Royal' table indeed! I love the purple transferware...I've never seen that color and love it! Your glassware and silver touches are perfect! I love the Hyacinths they smell so good! Just a very pretty table! hugs, Linda

Tricia said...

Marigene, what a sweet sister! So glad you were able to find the matching pieces for your bread and butter plates. This transferware pattern is so pretty in purple! And you had the perfect purple glasses, too! With the hyacinths, your table looks so spring-y!

Anonymous said...

Marigene,
Love the purple and silver! It is very elegant.

Sue-Phx

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I am really drawn to transferware right now...I'm craving some brown, but I want it for very cheap! It gives me something to hunt for. I think the purple is beautiful. Your goblets are perfect with it. You have hyacinths...I love the way they smell. I can't believe you got sterling for $3.99!

Jane said...

That is a gorgeous table!! I love the dishes, especially that little gravy boat and the pitcher! You always put together such beautiful tablescapes!
Jane

Suzy said...

Oh I'm so jealous. I have gone on Ebay many times and searched for purple plates like these. $1 is an incredible bargain. Sweet of your sis to gift them to you. Just beautiful!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Love, love, love the purple dishes. Now I want some. Love the napkin rings as well.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Marigene, what a wonderful sister! This transferware pattern is so pretty in purple. The scent of hyacinths in spring is the best!

Pat said...

I love this purple transferware! Beautiful!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
I love your Silver and Purple Tablescapes so Beautiful. I need to put a table together with your lovely colors some day.
I have you on my side bar sweeet lady and ever time you post I can come see your Tablescapes. I hope you come over and see my new Tablescapes ~~I hope you have a nice Day.
xxoo
Diane

Kathleen said...

I love purple, and this is just beautiful! It looks just lovely! We have NO flowers yet, and they say a storm the weekend!
Those purple dishes are almost as pretty as what you sent me! :)

On Crooked Creek said...

Marigene,
Gorgeous royal purple! What a nice surprise from your sister to make your tablescape a one of a kind in purple hues. Every tiny little detail made this such an interesting table setting. Thank you for posting!
Fondly,
pat
P.S. You were correct...the Spring florals @ Big Dollar are beautiful. I bought seveal this time around! Thanks for the tip!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What beautiful dishes and what a great find from your sister. I'm glad you were able to find more dishes to match!

Debbie said...

Oh my goodness, what I wouldn't give to have some of those dishes. I live in the middle of nowhere too so I don't think I've ever seen purple ones in the flesh.

Come to think of it, I'm not sure I've seen them online before either.

These are so pretty!! My daughters would both love them.

Jacqueline said...

Absolutely stunning! This is the transferware that should reside at PURPLE Chocolat Home. I don't have any purple transferware - maybe Ebay fun is in my future! The edge pattern on those plates is just amazing, it looks beaded and scalloped. I love them. Those dark purple glasses are gorgeous too. We don't ever get any great glasses at our TJ's. Isn't it fun to pull out things from 20 years ago, like those wonderful napkin rings. Absolutely gorgeous.

xinex said...

How nice of your sister to think about you when she saw these. The transferware dishes are gorgeous, Marigene. And what a deal!...Christine

Meredith said...

What a beautiful setting. I love the details on the edge of each plate...

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Lovin' the purple and how great to find more pieces-enjoy:@)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, I adore the purple transferware! It's wonderful! I cannot believe she got it for that price. That is highway robbery, and it is gorgeous on your table.

Thank you for sharing this with us, Marigene. It's lovely.

XO,

Sheila :-)

the passionate hairdresser said...

Simply stunning!! But, you knew I'd say that!!!

Magpies and Magnolias said...

I adore Clarice Cliff. I can't believe your sister found those plates for $1 each. That is absolutely amazing. She's lucky that I wasn't there. I would have had no choice but to mug her! :)

And what a gorgeous table they make. You are so lucky!

Sarah said...

Marigene, it's really fun for me to see this tablescape today. I recently shopped at the antique show at Round Top, Texas and came home with my first pieces of Tonquin. Love the unusual purple color of your pieces. Mine are in the brown color. I first found 3 napkin rings in this pattern, then one of the little pitchers like you have. I was very excited! This is a wonderful pattern in either color. ~ Sarah

LadyV said...

Marigene, your table is so regal with the purple transferware. Love it!

Marlis said...

Lovely lovely transferware. I love the purple. Wow. Your whole table is lovely. I love the silver accents. Especially with the hyacinths. Great table. Thanks for droppin in!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oooh, Marigene! I love this...so pretty and unusual! And the touches of silver...perfect! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love your pretty transferware. This is quite lovely.

Abramyan Avenue said...

I am speachless! Your purple transferware is gorgeous. I have never seen purple before!! And it pairs so elegantly with the silver. Oh! I'm loving it!!
Pretty, pretty, pretty!!!
-april

Mary said...

I'm coveting your purple transferware~ what a steal on those bread & butter plates! Beautiful table!

Sweetladyelaine said...

Beautiful regal dishes! What a great find by your sister..How wonderful that she thought of you. Thank you for sharing your very pretty purple table.
Blessings My Friend,

A Hint of Home said...

How very pretty everything looks.
Your dishes are beautiful in color and design. Lovely!

Anonymous said...

Hyacinths already!? I'm gettin' out my snow shovel, maybe I have some under there!
Your table is really pretty, love the plates. My favorite is the purple coffee pot! I don't know much about dishware but it reminds me of "Fiesta", fabulous color!
Lynne

Curtains In My Tree said...

I am another one who loves the purple transferware dishes.
I have seen them in high end antiques stores and could buy a new piece of furniture for what they had the dishes priced.
I always always amazied when people find things like that in goodwill and thrift stores.
I crave a good thrift store and there is none in my area

everytime I see purple transferware I will think of you

Janice

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Gorgeous tablescape. I love the teapot in the center for the flowers. Gives it that extra pop. You always have such amazing table designs. ~~Sherry~~

Phyllis said...

I am "swooning" over your purple transferware.....it is heavenly, to say the least! I could just stare at it for long ages of time! I am truly happy for you that you have been able to collect all of those pieces......very impressive!!

Entertaining Women said...

I don't decorate with a lot of purple, but this one is beautiful! Sophisticated. I could also see it use with a big splash of green hydrangeas on a bright white linen cloth. You've done a great job. Thank you for sharing your lovely design. Cherry Kay.

Alycia Nichols said...

I am in purple heaven!!! Such beautiful china! It IS hard to find purple transferware, and you are one lucky girl!!! Your sister set a dangerous precedent when she bought those little plates for you! :-) What a terrific bargain on the sterline S&Ps!!! Somebody apparently just didn't have a clue what they were doing! SCORE!!! I also want to thank you for stopping by my blog with your well wishes. My husband is such a sweetie to have kept things going for me. I'm able to sit up in bed now, and he has provided me a (very slow!) laptop to help me reconnect with my world! I hope to be back on my feet a little tomorrow and 100% in the pink by this time next week. I wish you and yours a wonderful and safe weekend. Take care, Marigene!

All The Pretty Dishes said...

great looking table and I love the purple coffee pot!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I am SWOONING with delight. So lovely!

Beth said...

Your transferware is stunning! What a beautiful table. Marigene, I smiled at your comment about having 24 place settings of Liberty Blue and all the serving pieces. Even after you gave away
12, you still have a nice set. Have you done a tablescape (online) with them? And if you do, I want to be sure that I see it so I am signing up to follow your blog. I invite you to follow me back if you like.
Hugs, Beth

Janet said...

Thanks for visiting me. your tablescape is just lovely. I like the purple!!!

Janet said...

Thanks for visiting me. your tablescape is just lovely. I like the purple!!!

jeanne said...

Hi Marigene, Thanks for your Email. I don't know why you couldn't comment. I have had it happen before but not often. Something with typepad maybe.

Yes, these Curiosity Shop dishes are not so common anymore. I love them.I started collecting it over 10 years ago.

I love the purple transfer ware. Your table looks gorgeous with the purple accents. I do love the silver with it as well.
Good job.
Hugs, Jeanne

Designs By Pinky said...

I just love your purple transferware! It is gorgeous! The table looks beautiful! XO, Pinky

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

You have a lovely blog. Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Beautiful transferware china in purple!...so nice of your sister and what a bargain, so lucky! I mostly love the purple, it is difficult to find it in such color. You set a beautiful table.
Thanks for dropping by and leaving such sweet comment about my mil's china.
LOVE
FABBY

La said...

I love transferware and your purple is very special. It makes a very pretty and elegant table.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What beautiful china. I very seldom match anything either, but those matching plate edges look so pretty stacked together. All of the silver looks so pretty with it. laurie

Audra said...

Oh...this is simply divine. I have some red transfer ware that I was thinking of getting rid of as I never use it...but this is inspiring.

Perhaps I should gift the red transfer ware to you, I would love to see what you would do with it.

:)