Sunday, August 15, 2010

Fish Three Ways

Many of us vintage tablecloth collectors just can't get enough of this fishy cloth. I enjoyed setting yesterday's tabletop so much that I decided to get out the other two colorways in my collection and spend a little time with them. I enjoy collecting sea-themed accessories in my travels. I don't always have a specific use in mind when I purchase a beachy piece. Here's how it all came together for this tabletop time.

Yesterday's coral/green/gray 'scape~





This colorway is rectangular and larger than the other cloths featured here, which are square.

Today's red/turquoise/tan table~













This colorway features HLCCA retro red stripe, polka dot, peacock and scarlet P86 Fiesta dinnerware and flatware, Mariposa coral salad servers and shell napkin rings, Crate & Barrel cocktail glasses, a sea-themed cocktail shaker, aluminum tidbit dishes and Pier One napkins.

I've been waiting to make this marigold/turquoise/pink tabletop for a very long time. The individual fish-shaped casseroles are vintage Chicken of the Sea premiums. It's challening to find a set in four colors with the metal holders...hence the wait! I was thrilled to add this set to my pottery collection earlier this summer.











This tabletop is less elaborate than the others, but I wanted to keep the emphasis on the individual casseroles. The Harlequin relish tray and candleholders make a strong centerpiece. The relish tray rests on a Crate & Barrel ruffled cake server. This piece has chipped over the years, but I still enjoy it.







Other items on this table include Libbey striped glasses, Oneida Deauville flatware, Harlequin plates, Chicken of the Sea salt & pepper shakers and Ikea napkins.

This tablecloth also comes in a lilac/chartreuse and pink/gray versions. Please do post a comment if you have seen this cloth in another colorway or have any information about the manufacturer.

Which fishy tabletop do you like best? Thanks for going on this little journey under the sea with me!

I'm also sharing these fish with all the good folks enjoying Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.

22 comments:

  1. Yummy! So great to see the H relish in action. I'll have to get my red/turq out soon, but I'll wait until the hubbub dies down. I'm thinking dots!

    Gorgeous work as always. Wish I was closer so we could play with dishes!

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  2. Hi R! Yes, we could spend all our time at the tabletop if we were not at opposite ends of the country! I'd love to see your fishy dotscape. I think this guest blogger spot is coming into focus!

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  3. Daphne,
    I too have been looking for "Chicken of the Sea" premium plates- it hasn't been an obsession, but definitely something never far from my mind while out in the "wild". How wonderful to have found the bakers and the plates. These tables are very well done. Congratulations!

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  4. Love all of them. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Love those fishies! The yellow/turquoise combo is one of my faves, and of course the tuna bakers are too cute...but, I have to say I'm drawn to the pink & green table. Go figure!

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  6. What beautiful tables...hope you showcase them on TT! Those little fish tureens are adorable.

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  7. My favorite is the marigold fish tablescape! Nice job Daphne! :)

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  8. Each of the 3 versions is as pretty as the next...Christine

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  9. What gorgeous polka dot plates - I am on the lookout for plates like that - any colour will do. I just love the way they add such fun to a table setting.
    Suzyq

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  10. You have so many cute tablecloths and "beach" themed accessories. I love them all. Great job.

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  11. Love your Manhattan creme soups! Great tables. Thanks for sharing all the fabulous colors!

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  12. So many wonderful variations. Thank you for sharing your charming designs. Cherry Kay

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  13. Oh my word. All of them are wonderful. That was a lot of work!! I thought they were vintage tablecloths till I read your captions. I love those. There is absolutely no way to pick one favorite! Great job. Lori L

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  14. Thanks for stopping by, everyone! Yes, these are vintage tablecloths. There are 5 known colorways. Three are seen here, and there is also a pink/gray version and a lilac/chatreuse version. You can watch the lilac going sky-high on ebay even as I type! No, I'm not bidding on that one...it's way out of my budget!

    Happy Tabletop Time!

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  15. I, too, like all of them. The coral and blue is so refreshing, the yellow is so colorful and fun, and the pink and green is just precious. The fish on the plate are darling. Love, love, love those tablecloths.

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  16. I would have said that I like the pink and green best because that's a favorite color combination... but then the rest of them kept unfolding, one as fun and festive as the next!

    How much fun is this? The creativity is endless!
    I'm so glad that I clicked here.

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  17. One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish! You have the best fishies of them all! What a fun post and I LOVE those casseroles -- How have I missed them all my life? Thanks for your sweet visit.

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  18. I really enjoyed seeing all your different fishy 'scapes! You have some very unique and lovely pieces! My fave is the red/turquoise/tan one!

    DD

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  19. wow, i love all three tables.. they are so unique and perky! Love them!!

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  20. They are all great but my favorite is the one with the fish casseroles.

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  21. I love all three settings. You are a very talented stylist! Thanks for the inspiration.

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