At a recent antiques show in Cashiers, NC, temptation overcame me and I purchased a lovely dessert set! The shades of blue, plus browns and taupe immediately brought to mind the library at Chestnut Cottage.
One of my very favorite fabrics hangs on the windows in the library and my home office. It was originally window treatments in my first showhouse room and I have never fallen out of love with this fabric! It is a Fonthill fabric and was sadly discontinued several years ago. I keep the fabric sample at my design studio…just for “old times sake”!
It has the same shades of blue , with accents of brown and taupe as does the new dessert set. Perhaps that is why the dessert set was a “must have”!
I love all of the shapes of the serving pieces, especially the footed piece.
The pieces are stamped Spode and can be dated approximately 1825.
This pattern is a version of Spode’s Union Wreath, also called Union Spray. The pattern was originally done in only blue and white and this dessert set is a version of the Union Wreath/Union Spray. The central pattern joins…The Rose of England, The Thistle of Scotland, and The Shamrock of Ireland, in a tied bouquet and around the border are the daffodils of Wales. Thus the name Union Wreath or Union Spray! I love the idea of all of these countries of the British Empire being united in this beautiful pattern.
And when not being used for a dessert party…why not hang a few pieces on the wall!
Can’t wait to have an intimate little dessert party in the library at Chestnut Cottage with this lovely little set!