Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Arita Imari Fan, 3.19.14

"First things first...We are truly blessed to have the means to set a pretty table and invite our friends to join us for good food and fellowship. I am mindful that many are not so fortunate. My daughter has a passion for the work of the Food Bank. As a singer-songwriter, she has written and recorded a song that is the anthem for the world wide Crop Hunger Walk project. Her song, "Raise Your Voice" is featured in their video. I've included a link in the side margin of my blog.  I hope that it will encourage you to support projects in your community that contribute to the effort to overcome hunger. 
I'm pretty sure that my admiration for Asian design is in my blood.  My daddy, an architect, and my Aunt Ida, who lived in Tokyo for some years after World War II, both collected some lovely Japanese things. I've continued the love affair with many things oriental...especially dishes!  Tonight, I wanted to share Arita, Imari Fan with you.

 Spring is beginning to shine, just outside the back door.

 Come on in...I've set a casual table for four today...

 No tablecloth this time...I decided that the Persian carpet provided just the right "undercloth".

 Imari Fan is quite an exuberant pattern.  I don't think that it would take much effort to go straight over the "design cliff" with it.  I chose to emphasize the green in this delightful plate.

 A simple centerpiece....I elevated the Imari Fan bowl and chop plate on one of my antique oriental stands.  I pick up assorted sizes of these stands at estate sales.

A really important element in today's design, the MacKenzie-Childs soft green enamelware charger plate was a fortunate and reasonable eBay find.  I chose it to calm down the Imari Fan.

 The Arita Imari Fan is quite the attention shrinking violet here.

 Fire King Jadeite was originally restaurant ware.  You wouldn't know that today.  It's quite pricey on eBay and other on-line sites, but I've been able to score some great deals at several estate sales.  This is called the Lotus plate...

...and this is the Lotus bowl.  I thought that they were the perfect partners for the Imari Fan.  The scalloped edges pick up the scallop motif in several of the panels on the plate.

 Lately I've been interested in introducing some orange into my tablescapes.  I've started acquiring an assortment of orange wine goblets on eBay.  They don't show up often or in quantities, so I've decided to mix and match orange goblets by assorted makers.  Most of todays group are made by AJKA.  I've paired it with the Vietri Amber goblet.  The Vietri is still in production and comes in some great colors.  Reasonably priced, you'll probably find it in a nice shop near you.

 Finishing the place setting, the "antique" hemstitch napkin is caught by the Waverly beaded napkin ring, my often used gift from Cuisine Kathleen.  The dark bamboo flatware was found at Big Lots, and the D&Co. Limoges salt cellars belonged to Nana.

 Sunshine bright...this design looks like the Spring days that all of us are eagerly awaiting...

 I think that we'll leave the patio door wide open as we dine and visit long into the afternoon.  Have a seat; I'm so happy that you're here!

This week I'm joining:

Tablescape Thursday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
Seasonal Sundays with The Tablescaper



Diann said...

So very pretty! Between your gorgeous Imari and the beautiful Jadite, everything comes together wonderfully!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

How beautiful! The pattern is stunning; and works beautifully with the green. You always have such wonderful settings!

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Wow those Imari dishes are fabulous and so is the jadite. I think we ca blame Martha Stewart for the run on jadite! I remember that was her favorite color and she had quite a collection. Happy First Day of Spring- we got snow last night!!! LOL...

Lulu said...

Perfect layers and your new orange look is just right with the pottery. The entire look is both sophisticated and casual.

Christine @ Suburban Charm said...

Beautiful! Green is one of my favorite those MC chargers!

Anonymous said...

Love this table! That Jadeite is the bomb.

Canadian Chickadee said...

Your table settings always look so fantastic, I am in awe! You are an inspiration to us all. xoxox

Diane said...

This is lovely, Cherry Kay. The lotus plates and bowls are incredible. Also, I have always loved Imari designs in any pattern and your Imari fan is another fabulous one. This post is another winner!!

Rosemary and Thyme said...

This is yet another elegant table you have created Cherry Kay. That Imari pattern is so exquisite and exotic. The goblets are like little pieces of jewels. Happy spring..


Alycia Nichols said...

Big Lots??!?!?!?!! Are you kidding me??!?!??! Big Lots had that flatware?!??!?!! Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle! I never thought to look there for it! I have a service for 12, but would like to expand it to 24. I'll take a peek there today just to see if they might still have it. We have a relatively new Big Lots here in Lee's Summit, so maybe they'll have it. Big Lots...who'd have thought?

I just threw my back out doing the happy dance over those antique risers. YES!!! Such a cool addition to the table! And I love it how you describe leaving the table free of linen so that the Oriental rug can serve as an "undercloth." Wow...fabulous! It IS the perfect backdrop to everything on the table!

I hope the weather you're getting there finds its way here soon. It snowed all day yesterday here which made for treacherous driving conditions on the way to the doctor's office. It's sunny today, but still very, very cold with wind chills in the upper teens. Yikes!!!

Way to go, Cherry Kay! You come through with a beautiful table setting every time!!!

Kathleen said...

So glad you are getting use from those napkin rings! I don't think I have used mine yet.
Your table is gorgeous! I love the jadeite!