Wednesday, March 16, 2011

W is for Wilendur

When I started working on my tablecloth database for Tabletop Time, I realized that I have created a good many tablescapes that I've never shared on the blog. Today I'm sharing one of these pre-blog 'scapes for Alphabe-Thursday at Jenny Matlock, where the letter of the week is W.

The Weil & Durrse Company of New York was a leading maker of printed tablecloths from the 1920's until the mid-1980's. Most collectors today know them by their shortened name of Wilendur. The Wilendur lobster cloth is a coveted design, and mine is special for two reasons. Yes, I love the beautiful rendering of lobsters, clams and parsley. But I also treasure this cloth because it cemented my friendship with fellow collector Elaine as we wished, wanted and waited together for lobster cloths that we could afford. Our quest was fulfilled in a few lucky weeks in July 2009 when cloths were found at Brimfield and in a shop in Southern Maine. We celebrated our finds with an article in The Dish, the publication of the Homer Laughlin China Collectors Association. After all, when Fiesta folk are really happy, we show it by tablescaping!















This table features Fiesta and Fiestaware 2000 dinnerware in juniper with Hall lobster plates, Manhattan Depression glass and Oneida Cityscape flatware. We were fortunate to find the matching napkins as well!





I hope you enjoyed your encounter with the wonderful world of Wilendur! For more lobsters, do visit Elaine's table at Dishing with CaraFaye, Candy's Little Round Table or Becky's Random Musings of a Deco Lady. Have you done a lobsterscape with this wonderful linen? If so, tell me about it in a comment and I'll add a link to your table!

15 comments:

  1. So beautiful, Daphne.

    Have a great weekend ahead & look forward to *seeing* you again next time,

    XOXO LOLA:)

    Btw Alphabe-Thursday

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  2. How beautiful! I love the red/white/black combo..

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  3. How fun! Love the whole ensemble...those plates are the best! I seem to be craving drawn butter & lobster tail now :-)

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  4. So fun Daphne! Lovin' the lobsters-enjoy:@)

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  5. I like this tablescape very much!

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  6. love the red lobster ..
    cute cloth and wow, you rock.

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  7. Another great table for Alphabe-Thursday! Love, love the lobsters!

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  8. Hiya Daphne!

    I remember this one, so very elegant! Lucky you with the matching napkins. :-)

    Candy

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  9. love, love, love those briny fellows... what wonderful memories those bring!!

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  10. Love those lobsters! Everything works so well together - your kitties are ready for lunch too.

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  11. Wonderful variations on the theme!

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  12. I love those napkins and am definitely on the lookout for some. Divas rock!

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  13. Your table is lovely. I've really enjoyed that you and your friends all used the same tablecloth for your tablescapes this week. What fun!

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  14. One of my absolute favorite things about Alphabe-Thursday is how much I learn each week.

    I've seen tablecloths like this at garage sales before. Usually they are faded and stained, but I am going to make a special effort to look for the bright pristine ones like yours because it is so charming.

    Thanks for a wonderful stop on our little wander through the letter "W".

    I really enjoyed my visit here today.

    A+

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