Saturday, March 12, 2011

What a gift! Meakin China

I promised to show you the Meakin china (Japan) in a table setting. This china is the pattern '"Japan" by J & G Meakin. Meakin begin producing it in1890 It was a gift from my FIL.. blogged here
I do love this pattern but it is so fragile.. not something you would want to use with the grandchildren, but I wanted to set the table for spring so with the help of my daughter's we got everything out and set the table up. The truth about this china is that I knew nothing about Meakin before following your blogs! (thanks guys... I am learning so much)  Isn't that wild? I just knew I loved the pattern. Now I know I love most Meakin patterns. Another odd thing, I had no idea the pattern was considered transfer ware before doing the research on blog. My knowledge until recent was the china was my favorite color and it some eye candy.
photo by my daughter Sarah Seay
 So check it out... my youngest daughter had a photo shoot and I got to baby sit one of my new granddaughters.. soooo.. I asked her if she would take a few pics of my china.. yeah!

The crochet runner was from my MIL many years ago. For years she bought linens from yard sales. I am glad she gave me this piece. I have used it many times over the years. 
The napkins, napkin rings and place mats are from Pier One. They are the most delicate linens I have seen in a while.
I used my everyday English Countryside between the plates and the charger. 
The silver plate is by Rogers & Bros. "Inspiration" also known "Magnolia" & "Queen Rose" it was produced in 1951. I bought it from a lady on Craigs List this past summer.. a great price and the wooden chest was included. She had a set of six with the serving pieces.. I bought extra pieces on ebay to expand the number of place settings. It is the first silver plate I have ever owned.. and I have grandkids! I love it.
There are two casserole dishes in the set. This picture shows the detail of the china.
photo by Sarah Seay

Lovely gravy boat.. can you see the broken side on the plate? It happened when I moved it from one are to another. I just about wanted to cry. There are some repairs on a couple of pieces but it hurts more when it happens on my watch. 
The little individual creamers where a find from the thrift store. I only bought 4, now I wish I had gotten all six of them. The glassware is ?? I can tell you I have never bought fine crystal in a department store.. most likely I bought it years ago at Carolina Pottery. Glad they both are trimmed in gold .. they go so well with the china. The silver candlesticks came from my husband's aunt. 
So glad you stopped by ... It is so much fun getting to know you and learning so much from all of you. 
Sunny and gorgeous here tomorrow. We are finally working on the laundry room and I am working on a few other projects. I decided to change my blog setting again.. seems I like to change the settings as much as I like to change things in my home. (drives hubs crazy)
the background is from
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Tablescape Thursday
Beautiful entries and 
Susan has a lovely blog you need to go check out now!


You need to meet Marti if you have not.. she is the one of the  most supportive people in blog land! Plus her blog is beautiful.. really hop over there now. 

 Newbie Party
 Amaze Me Monday

Great place to meet new friends, thanks Debbie!

Beverly has a great party and blog
Such beautiful entries.. you need to see them!


Seasonal Sunday




Maggie said...

Visiting you today thru Chari's Sunday Favourites, and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your beautiful tablescape.
Bon dimanche
Maggie in Normandy

Gayle from Vintage Fasrmhouse said...

I have a similiar set my mother-in-law found at a yard sale. The bottom is stamped "Sandgringham W. Adams & Co. England, Crown. Semi-Porcelain",they are green and very old. I use them as display pieces in my dining room.

Beverly said...

Thanks for taking a look at my gift.. happy Sunday


GORGEOUS! Such an elegant table and you have a great! I'm crazy about your china, beautiful tablescape, I love your style. Thank you for sharing. The tureen is stunning, love it as a centerpiece.
Have a nice Sunday.

Miss Char said...

Beverly, your table is exquisite. Every element flows together beautifully. Thank you for sharing.

Keetha Broyles said...

Lovely table, lovely china. It appears to be of about the same fragility as my Haviland Forget-Me-Not. DEFINITELY not for every day.

I want to know about the flower in your header photo. It looks like it's made out of white cheese! So unusual and lovely.

podso said...

It's been a pleasure visiting your blog from Chari's--the tablescape/china/ silver is so beautifully laid out and your daughter is a good photographer!

Kathleen said...

That is a stunning table. The china is gorgeous!
Thanks so much for visiting and following, and I am your newest follower! :)

Magpies and Magnolias said...

How delightful! Your china is absolutely gorgeous and the table looks so inviting. In fact, feel free to invite me any time. It's not that far from GA to NC. We can have a Newbie dinner party! :)

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

WOW that is gorgeous China. What a stunning table scape. Thanks for sharing.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

That is just gorgeous! Don't you hate that somethings are so special you can barely use them! I just hope my son does not sell them at my estate sale for a quarter lol! I found your through Debbie Doos, I am your newest follower and hope you will follow me back.


Dawn said...

Thanks for following my blog, I am also your newest follower. Love the font you are using on your blog, it reads very peaceful. I can't wait to look around your place some more.
Have a Great Week :)

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

Beautiful China! I don't have anything remotely that nice! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. :)

Beverly said...

Welcome to your first Pink Saturday, Beverly. I am so glad you joined us, and I hope you will continue.

Your table is just absolutely exquisite. I can see why you adore this dinnerware because the colors, the shape and the pattern is lovely.

And, I adore those napkin rings.♥

Deneen said...

Your china is beautiful and what a gorgeous table you have made! I am your newest follower! Come visit me!

Keetha Broyles said...

Thank you for leaving a couple of comments on my blog today!!! Yes, those northwoods traffic jams are just toooooo stressful. Hehehehehe

Do you know that you are a "no reply" commenter? If you don't know what I mean by that, or how to remedy it - - - I just did a post on my blog a couple of posts ago that would help you. Basically, no one can respond via e-mail to your comments because instead of your e-mail address it says, "no reply comment"

And shoot - - - I had SUCH fun things to reply!

Melissa Miller said...

It is simply beautiful Beverly. What lovely details and the napkin rings I love.

Happy week to you.
~Melissa :)

Marlis said...

Oh this is only the second time i've seen this china pattern and i love it.. It's amazingly beautiful. Your setting is very very pretty. Great photos too.

Keetha Broyles said...

Nope - - - you don't quite have it yet, still says No Reply comment. Here is a link to the post that will give you step by step instructions for fixing the problem - - - be sure to hit "save" on your profile after you make the changes:

Yes, Marcia is one of my dear bloggy friends. She didn't find out that she HAD CF until she was an adult - - - her form is rare in that way. I'm quite worried about her.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Beverly, What a gorgeous set of transferware! Your tablescape is fabulous and I love the tureen.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Beverly...

My friend, I am just tickled pink to have you join in with our Sunday Favorites repost party...welcome! What a sweet post to share...I just love this table and your gorgeous Meakin transferware!!! It would go beautifully in my dining room! wink! This is the first time that I have seen this particular really is lovely! You have some gorgeous pieces...I can see why it is one of your favorites! Love all the beautiful table lines too...sooo very pretty! Thank you so much for sharing your Meakin tablescape with us today...this was a real treat! I love tablescaping!!!

Have a wonderful week, my friend!
Chari @Happy To Design

Deanna said...

What a dreamy tablescape and I adored the napkin rings

Happy Pink and Green Saturday
Deanna :D

Daniella said...

WOW! That table is GORGEOUS!! Love the napkin rings, and little bits you added to the beautiful china!! Amazing!
I'm also your newest follower!!

Creative Breathing said...

Hello Beverly! What a wonderful day for me to stop by and thank you for your kind comment on my blog Bluebird Papercrafts. I love dishes more than anything, and this is a post after my own heart. How truly beautiful! I know the pleasure this set will bring to you each time used, and hopefully one day the little ones will come to think of you and the dishes they grew into using. Elizabeth

Jodie said...

Gorgeous! I love the green, your whole table setting looks wonderful.

lvroftiques said...

Your Meakin transferware set is just gorgeous! Green is my favorite color for transferware! Beautiful tablescape!! I learn so much from my fellow bloggers also! They are a veritable font of information *winks* Vanna

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

SO gorgeous!

You need to get on Marty's Table Top Tuesday!

Here's the link!!

I just became a follower!!
Stop by and say hi!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Wow! This is so beautiful! Everything is set to perfection.

Ann-Marie ~ Brambly said...

Gorgeous!Gorgeous!Gorgeous! I love your style.


Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Your tablescape is gorgeous. I think they are the prettiest Meakin dishes I have seen. Love the pearl napkin rings. Makes the whole setting so elegant. ~~Sherry~~

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

OOOO! So elegant and beautiful! The green transferware is perfect!!

Melanie said...

Wow...those are beautiful! I love the colors! I'm now following you from Debbiedoo's.


Anonymous said...

Lovely.... lovely. I'm your newest follower.

The Tablescaper said...

What a glorious set of china. It clearly brings you great joy. Such a gift.

Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Sherrie said...

Oh My! Your table is so elegant! What a treat for you to share this with us!

Karie's Chic Creations said...

That china is absolutely gorgeous. You really have a special treasure with it. Thanks for sharing. Karie

Deb S. said...

Hi! First time stopping by. I'm coming from TT. I just want to say the china is AMAZING! I have a weakness for the green. I saw this on ebay. But you have made it 1000 times more beautiful!WOW!

Donnie said...

You set a beautiful table. Happy St Patrick's Day.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

What a perfect table setting in green transferware and a perfect post to find on St. Patty's Day too!
Gorgeous, Beverly. I love the gold edges the soft sweet curves and designs in the china pattern.
What a beautiful sight to behold!
Thanks for sharing.

Alycia Nichols said...

GORGEOUS table setting! The china is just beautiful!!!!

Marigene said...

S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G. table, Beverly! That is one of the prettiest green transferware patterns I have seen and to have so many of the beautiful serving pieces, too. Thank you for sharing your treasured family heirlooms with us.

3generations said...

SO BEAUTIFUL! I love Meakin, too. I just found a set on eBay for $1 a piece...I can barely wait for it to get here! Really wonderful!
Tablescape Times Three

Diane said...

Beautiful table setting! The china is so elegant. I'm your newest follower, looking forward to more tablescapes.

Jeanne Selep said...

Beautiful post. I also have found myself learning a lot more about my china as I blog.