19 October, 2010

The Duchess Shops . . .

For Wedding China

Tablescape by Marchesa, House Beautiful

A recent spate of engagements and nuptials has sent the Duchess running to Geary's, and to Michael C. Fina, and to Bloomingdale's and even reliable old Belk's to view the china patterns coveted by her sweet and love-smitten friends.  In so browsing the Duchess fantasized about losing all of her own china in an earthquake (don't worry Mummy, it was just a passing fancy) and starting anew.  So many beautiful patterns from which to choose.

Marchesa designer (and new mummy) Georgina Chapman with co-designer Keren Craig have created a divine Tiffany blue and chocolate pattern for Lenox called, befittingly, "Palatial Garden." 

Marchesa "Palatial Garden" Coffee Mug (Bloomingdales)

A bit too romantic, perhaps.  There's always the classic Chateaubriand Blue, from Bernardaud.
at Michael C. Fina, and Geary's

Or the luxurious and boheme Olde Avesbury from Royal Crown Derby.

Jaune de Chrome's Cream Scale porcelain is masculine enough to suit one's husband's tastes.  Quite modern too, and not too distracting from the meal at hand.

But oh, the Duchess would die for a set of Oriente Italiano by Ginori.  It's extremely feminine, extremely extravagant, and extremely desirable.  Maybe next time.

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