As promised , I will share with you a bit about Wedgwood’s “Napoleon Ivy” pattern. It has long been a favorite of mine and you might remember it from the chapter “A WEE IRISH SURPRISE” in THE COLLECTED TABLETOP!
Wedgwood began production of its Napoleon Ivy pattern in 1815 and retired this pattern in 2003. It features a cream-colored background with a border of ivy leaves, ranging from dark forest green to a lighter grassy green, and stems painted in such realistic detail that the texture of the foliage emerges. Josiah Wedgwood first introduced his cream-colored earthenware body in the 1760s , after perfecting the process and creating a new benchmark for all ceramics. He presented Queen Charlotte with a tea service in this new body, and she loved it so much that she asked him to call it Queen’s Ware, which is what the style is still referred to as today. The mark on the backside of this pattern reads, “Napoleon Ivy, as used by Napoleon at St. Helena, 1815, Wedgwood, England”. This pattern was used by Napoleon at St. Helena in 1815, while in exile on this south Atlantic island.
I recently noticed that Replacements www.replacements.com has a nice supply of this pattern.
I love all of the lovely shapes and pieces that this pattern has to offer!
I also thought you might enjoy knowing about the green faux bois fabric I used to make the tablecloth. This is a new pattern from Brunschwig and Fils called “Wood Leaf” . The green colorway is 8013142.3 and this fabric comes in five additional beautiful colors. It is a blend of cotton and linen and has a lovely “hand”.
If you missed the tablescapes I did in Atlanta last week, you can see this pattern in another “shades of green” presentation!