We love blue and white. We love tulips. We love combining the two to create a festive tablescape.
Blue and white porcelain first was seen in the days of the early Chinese emperors, who showed a deep appreciation for objects of beauty. The discovery that an abundant plant produced the blue color capable of permanently dyeing pottery opened the door to artistic creativity. The color combination is always fresh and goes with any decor; hence, its ageless appeal.
Tulipieres come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. We found these lovely pagoda-style pieces and fell in love at first sight. We knew they would be perfect for our spring table.
To create our setting, we have used new pierced ceramic chargers in white with antique blue-and-white china. We added the new tulipieres on either side of an antique Chinese basin filled with moss-covered orbs to add center interest without interfering with the natural lines of conversation that are bound to occur over dinner.
Finish the look with red napkins, contemporary-style martini glasses and cut lead crystal in both red and blue (ours is Baccarat), and you have the perfect French-inspired table.
French-inspired? With all the Asian pieces?
The French embraced Asian style in the earliest days of the country’s royalty. And where do you think the American patriots got the idea to use red, white, and blue as the symbol for the United States? From the French revolutionists, who used the colors to represent liberty, fraternity, and equality — three concepts that work together to create a lovely evening over dinner with friends.