Working on my grouse-y quilt made me all warm and fuzzy about all things historic. So for my show-and-tell today, I thought I would show you some dishes that have historic connections:
The pattern is called “Mandarin Bouquet”, a Winterthur adaptation made by Mottahedeh. The Fitzhugh border, named after an English family, was selected by George Washington for his dinner service at Mount Vernon. Spode has had a Fitzhugh line of china service in the past. The bouquet motif is from a Chinese Export porcelain punch bowl (circa 1800). I love the vibrant colors of the bouquet – I would love to interpret it for an applique quilt some day:
It all started with the lobed dish that is in front of the oval platter (in the first picture). I had received it a few years ago as a graduation gift. Over time, my husband has added the pieces occasionally as Christmas and anniversary gifts. It is not a collection that I have ferociously added myself because I think it makes it more special when my husband adds to the collection for me.
I thought I would show you some George Washington related items around the house while we are on the subject of all things historic…
A lovely coffee table book of Mount Vernon that showcases the Washington estate in various seasons:
A framed menu from the Mount Vernon Inn:
My favorite book on Washington, written by George Washington Custis, his adopted son (who happened to be the original owner of the Arlington):
The favorite Washington print in our family:
A couple of small prints issued by the Mount Vernon Ladies Association:
And finally, a few scenes of Mount Vernon:
I hope you have enjoyed my “historic” show and tell. Have yourself a very merry weekend!