12 February 2011

Rosemaling Valentine Table

I'm linking this up at Seasonal Sunday with The Tablescaper. Check it out to see other great posts related to the season. Also, The Colours of Love: Coast to Coast & Shore to Shore is still open, so please join us there, if you haven't already.

Rosemaling is Norwegian Rose Painting. It is a form of Folk Art that has been around at least since the 1700s. Each Rosemaled piece is one-of-a kind, being painted individually. When Abbey was a baby and I was decorating her room, I was able to find several pieces of rosemaling (candleholders, boxes, etc.) to use. The red and white with roses and hearts was a neat look for a little girl.

Fast forward many years. I found this set of rosemaled napkin rings and thought they would be great to use on a Valentine table. Not that I had anything else to go with them for tablescaping. As I didn't want to leave them behind they found their way home with me. They even came on their own stand, so storage was not a problem.

Then one day I was looking at tablecloths on eBay and Etsy and ran across one where the design was just perfect to go with rosemaling.

Now I had the basis for my table. There are plenty of dishes from which to choose some that will look seasonal for Valentines. I went with turquoise, rose and scarlet.

Place settings are turquoise, rose and scarlet Post-86 Fiesta.

The centrepiece is a vintage Bauer turquoise cake stand and a Farberware chrome nude bud vase.

These ladies are highly collectible. They are known as cubic nudes, weeping nudes or bashful nudes because of the design and position of the figure.

The ladies can be found both standing and kneeling. And they are on a number of different styles of decorative accessories (e.g. shot glass trays, coffee dispenser, candy dishes, candleholders, bud vases, and bridge tokens, etc.)

I also used some vintage turquoise Harlequin and Fiesta on the table.

Fiesta carafe

Harlequin marmelade

Fiesta sweets comport

Fiesta tripod candleholders

Goblets are from Pier One.

The flatware is Treble Clef by Gourmet Settings.

And no proper deco tablesetting would be complete without a dinner bell or gong. Chase made several different designs. This is the Ming Bell.

Napkins are the same ones I used in the L'amour est Bleu table: cutwork embroidered cotton that I brought back from St. Thomas. And I just love the way the napkin rings echo the design on the tablecloth.

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Martha said...

Becky -- what a beautiful table and I never thought of rosemaling and Valentine's but it is perfect!!! And I love the colors you chose to go with that wonderful tablecloth which is so perfect with those napkin rings!

~~louise~~ said...

What a beautiful table setting, Becky. Rosemaling is so difficult to find these days. I had a few pieces that I gave to my daughter a while back. Gorgeous!

Thank you so much for sharing...

Sharon Haynie said...

Beautiful table! Everything goes so well together. It's always amazing to me when so many different things are put together and really look great! Thanks for sharing!

Cathy said...

Your table is gorgeous, Becky. I love your Fiesta Ware and those pretty red heart dishes. Everything goes together perfectly on your pretty tablecloth. Splashes of red are so festive any time of year.

Happy Valentines Day!

Donnie said...

Love your pink choices today. Happy Valentine's Day and Pink Saturday.

Bevlove said...

Becky, I just love seeing all your beautiful things and this table setting is no exception. Very lovely.

Candy @ The Little Round Table said...

Love it Becky! The perfect cloth for your napkin rings.


Margie said...

Wow! I love every element separately and they're stunning all together.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

What a beautiful tablecloth! Great table for Valentine's Day-enjoy:@)

AshTreeCottage said...

How pretty!!

Susan and Bentley

The Tablescaper said...

What a great table. So neat how those napkin rings inspired your table. I love the mix of the turquoise and rose. Thanks for making your table a part of Seasonal Sundays!

- The Tablescaper

Daphne said...

Another beautiful Valentine table, Becky! Thanks for telling us about the rosemaling painting technique.


OMG...I love evrything, don't know where to start! Love your heart dishes and the turquise colour of it all. The tablecloth and napkins, the flatware, goblets...all together is PERFECT! Your Fiesta tripo candleholder is fantastic...so very art-deco. Come say hello, I'll be so honored.