Shades of Blue

shades of blue presented by kathryn greeley designs

shades of blue presented by kathryn greeley designs

Just before Christmas I received this exquisite fish set from one of my dear college professors, Joyce Baldwin, who passed away early in the year.

shades of blue presented by kathryn greeley designs

What a blessing for this lovely set to now live at Chestnut Cottage! I had great fun researching the mark and this is what I found.

shades of blue presented by kathryn greeley designs

The set is French Limoges from CH Haviland.  The marks would suggest that these pieces were made prior to 1898, likely around 1882. Charles Field Haviland left America for Limoges in the early 1850’s to work for his uncle, David Haviland.  He married the granddaughter of Francois Alluaud and later took control of the Alluaud porcelain factory, one of the oldest Limoges factories.

shades of blue presented by kathryn greeley designs

The depth of color and detail just makes my heart sing!

This set includes the master fish plate and eight individual plates that are 9 inches in diameter.  Very soon, I shall poach a nice salmon and have a delicious fish course using this beautiful set!  If anyone has a wonderful recipe they use for poached salmon and a yummy sauce, I would love to hear from you! This set now joins many “shades of blue” at Chestnut Cottage.

shades of blue presented by kathryn greeley designs

xo Kathryn

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6 Responses to Shades of Blue

  1. franki says:

    LOVEly!! We have started using “the plank” method (grill) and baste with white wine…it is SO moist and delish. Previously, I always covered with a light coat of sour cream/horseradish/onion flake/Swedish spice/ and wine. What a treasure you have!! franki

  2. Totally lovely! Looks like the sauce boat is missing but all is in good condition. Very unusual pattern. I collect French hand painted fish sets and use the plates in photo shoots as service plates, salad or dessert plates. What a tremendous gift.

  3. Kathryn says:

    Sounds yummy Franki!

  4. Cindy Weis says:

    what a beautiful set, and won’t it make for such a wonderful memory when ever you use these beautiful dishes. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  5. Christina Dodson says:

    This is one of my favorite “go-to” poached salmon recipes. The sauce is lovely.
    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Poached-Salmon-with-Tarragon-Sauce-and-Fingerling-Potatoes-15181

    Your blog is wonderful!

  6. Kathryn says:

    Thank you so much Christina for sharing this with me. I can’t wait to try it!

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