My dream fine china

in china, colours, entertaining, tabletop  4 comments
Jul 28 2009
Mix and match yellow dinnerware

I had a dream a week ago about a gift from a knight in shining armour (okay, it was black and white pinstripe Italian suit). It was a custom made Kate Spade coffee AND dinner service in daffodil yellow and white. It was simple… and so so luxe! Next scene in my very vivid dream was this gorgeous gift displayed in a simple while dresser behind glass in a sunlit all white apartment in New York.

Now. Of course I don’t know the name or face of said knight… but what I do is that he was in a dapper pinstripe suit, the dinner set was yellow and white and from Kate Spade. And I do know that it was in a white dresser in a white apartment in New York. The way you just know things in dreams…

Truth be told, I have been looking for several months for a yellow and white fine china dinner service… so maybe this is the source of my dream! So I haven’t been able to get that image from my mind…

Late last night I went surfing. I found that Kate Spade did do a yellow and white dinner service, the Kate Spade’s Rutherford Circle tableware in Yellow (discontinued), but the style of the cup was different in my dream.

Kate Spade's Rutherford circle yellow dinnerware

Kate Spade’s Rutherford circle yellow dinnerware

The cup was more in the fashion of the June Lane series:

Kate Spade June Lane series gold and dragonfly dinnerware

Kate Spade June Lane series gold and dragonfly dinnerware

Actually the June Lane series is, as good as it will get, the set in my dream, bar the dragonfly, and in a daffodil colour.

Simple, banded Limoges-finish fine china, in that colour are slim pickings. Older-style china, like my mother in law‘s, or the kind favoured by Rachel Ashwell, while absolutely gorgeous and pretty… is not me.

In my search, I did find two simple, banded and yellow.

The closest one to my dream (albeit too orangey but at this perfection, who’s to complain??) is from Haviland, the Laque De Chine Mandarin Gold:

Also found Match, who produce these beautiful pewter tableware and in their Convivio line is a spectacularly exquisite gold/yellow set.

Pewter dinnerware in yellow, Convivio, by Match

Pewter in yellow, Convivio, by Match

I also do like the bold, art deco style of the lovely Shelley fine china, in their Yellow Star pattern, but these are rare and often expensive…

Shelley art deco dinnerware

Shelley art deco dinnerware

Really, the only way left for me (since budget is un-limitless!) is to compile a set, much like I did my all white Johnson Bros octagon dinner service.

Mix and match yellow dinnerware

Mix and match yellow dinnerware

Clockwise from top left: Marc Jacobs Waterford “David” Canary Dinnerware Collection, Kate Spade’s Pinney’s Beach, Kate Spade’s Rutherford Circle tableware in Yellow, Michael Aram for Waterford “Jaipur” Dinnerware Collection.

or in pink:

Mix and match pink dinnerware

Mix and match pink dinnerware

Clockwise from top left: Marc Jacobs Waterford “David” Scarlet Dinnerware Collection, Kate Spade’s Pinney’s Beach, Raynaud, Tropic Pink, Kate Rutherford Circle in Pink, Michael Aram for Waterford “Jaipur” Dinnerware Collection.

I also spotted some stationery I’d love to see in some fine dinner service… my favourite being Elum Design‘s desk set in charcoal grey, yellow and white:

Places to look for fine china:

Michael C. Fina
DeVine Corp

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