Dining in the Conservatory

Welcome to the 179th Tablescape Thursday!

Greetings!  For this Tablescape Thursday, we’ve been invited to dine in the Conservatory.   Doesn’t that sound wonderful?   Hope you have your passport handy because we’ll be traveling to Switzerland this evening for dinner in Cornelia’s beautiful home.


Come on in…Cornelia has everything ready.


Notice the gorgeous inlay around the apron of the table.  You can see it on the chairs, as well.  So pretty!



Your place is right here.  Come along, have a seat and enjoy this stunning table set with antique and vintage pieces.   The beautiful, silver candlesticks are by Jezler (Switzerland).  The small crystal glasses are from a German company named Theresiental.  The wine glasses are vintage hand-cut crystal.


The napkins are vintage Swiss broderie anglaise and date back to the 1950’s.  They are from the Swiss canton of St. Gall.


The china was made by the porcelain factory Martin in Limoges France.


The silver cutlery is by Jezler-Switzerland. The pattern is Reed.


The grapes are from Cornelia’s garden.  They grow just outside the window of the conservatory.


The wine glasses are vintage, hand-cut crystal.  The base of this stem is as beautiful as the glass itself!





The butter dish covered with Chrysanthemums…


Roses make a beautiful centerpiece.  The vase is Augarten from Austria.


Sooo pretty.  Can you smell their sweet scent?



There’s a lovely dessert table tucked away here in the corner.


The vase is by Meissen.  The vintage tablecloth is hand-embroidered.


Another gorgeous floral arrangement…


The porcelain on the dessert table is Limoges, also.  It was made by Charles Ahrenfeldt in the Montjovis district of Limoges France.  According to the mark on the back, this china dates back to between 1894-1930.

Cornelia said, “The red mark on the back shows that it is handpainted but not by the porcelain factory but privately. Someone bought the plain china and painted it and had it burned again.”


“The pattern is a copy of the scattered Flower pattern by the Swiss porcelain factory Nyon which was producing china between 1781 and 1813.”


Such a beautiful, delicate pattern…


Cornelia, thanks so much for having us to dinner in your beautiful conservatory!


Looking forward to all the wonderful tables created for this Tablescape Thursday.

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  1. Reba and Eldarose, sisters, friends and co-bloggers says

    Hi Sussan,

    I got up early to catch up on emails and saw you posted up Tablescape Thursday. I'm first. I've never been first in any of these link parties. I feel strangely lucky. LOL.

    The tablescape is very different this week. I like how the Italian cut crystal goblets are all in bold different colors and matched with the more delicate Limoges china. My mother has a set of Limoges china like the second set (with the coffee pot) and I'm not sure she's ever used it. She also has vintage Italian colored crystal a close Italian friend gave her as a present many years ago that I know she's never used. It would not have occurred to me to pair them together, but they work. This beautiful table has inspired so many ideas for how to use those pieces. Hmmm. I am going to make sure Reba checks this entry out. Maybe we'll finally use my mom's Limoges for a table.

    Thanks for hosting every week. Always love (and am inspired by) the different settings.

    Eldarose from http://RE-inventedstyle.blogspot.com

  2. Mom in High Heels says

    It's so lovely! I've always wanted a conservatory. It's sounds posh and exotic.

  3. Sweetladyelaine says

    What a beautiful table! I love the china, placemats and the goblets! Cornelia has a gorgeous home! She has so many beautiful treasures and I love that she uses them! It is all so lovely!
    Susan, thank you for hosting this wonderful party. I enjoy looking at everyones table and getting ideas.
    Blessings My Friend,

  4. Shirley@Housepitality Designs says

    Susan, thank you for presenting Cornelia's gorgeous tablescape. Not only are all the china, silver, and glassware magnificent, her table is beautiful. Such an amazing presentation in such a beautiful room…I particularly loved the stemmed glass with the scalloped base..gorgeous!
    As always, thank you for hosting, as I always look forward to participating and seeing beautiful tablescapes.

  5. Kerry Rossow says

    How lovely!
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us and for hosting!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  6. High Heeled Life says

    Thank you for sharing such a lovely setting … I especially loved the dessert setting…xo HHL

  7. linwood avenue says

    thanks for the link on atlanta bloggers – i had also never heard about it, but will definitely be checking it out. maybe they just need to get more design/art bloggers to spread the work 🙂

  8. Good Morning! Thank you for hosting this week Susan. The Blogging meetup sounds like fun. Were they all different types of Bloggers? The Conservatory is to die for… I would love just sitting out there for hours until the sun went down. So lovely! XO Cindy

  9. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Hi Cindy, Yep…all kinds. I met a book blogger, a craft/recipe bloggers, bloggers with Etsy shops and other type businesses. There were a few folks who didn't have blogs, yet but were about to start blogging, so it was a diverse group.

  10. Gorgeous table! The china and the beautiful fresh flowers were my favorite parts of the conservatory setting. What a lovely place to dine!

  11. Yellow Rose Arbor says

    Her tablescape is beautiful! How fun to meet lots of bloggers!

    Thanks for hosting! (I like the new hours, even tho I'm a night owl, not an early bird, works for me!)


  12. Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest says

    How lovely! Oh, and to have a conservatory for such things, wonderful!

    I love her Limoges china and especially love the dessert china with the tea set.

  13. Alycia Nichols says

    I can see the grapevine hanging just outside the window! How wonderful to be able to reach right out and pluck what you want! I just love getting a peek into other's homes, especially in other countries where the architecture & decor tends to differ from that to which we are accustomed. Your friend's home is beautiful, and the decorative elements on the table set here are so pretty and feminine!

  14. Very pretty tablescape. I love the treasures Cornelia has found – the hand crocheted tablecloth and hand painted pieces were my favorites.

    Although I'm not really fancy with my tablescapes, I do like to join when I can. Your site has made me think about how I set my table more than anything else.

    I linked up a Yellow Accented tablescape this time.

  15. ~Tablescapes By Diane~ says

    Hi lovely lady.
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us and for hosting! I also love her Limoges China in her Beautiful Tablescape.
    I hope you have a wonderful day.
    XXOO Diane

  16. FABBY'S LIVING says

    I'm drooling looking at this loveliness, starting from the dishes, to the vintage stems, the flatware, and specially the dessert and tea set china with the little flowers. Lovely Susan, thank you for sharing, I love it when you post Cornellia's. Hugs,

  17. AshTreeCottage says

    Lovely Susan. Thank you for hosting.

    Susan and Bentley

  18. Mary Ellen says

    Conservatory- What a wonderful word and place to have a tea!! The china is lovely.

    Thank you Susan for the party! I don't get to join in on the Table scape one much but always enjoy it when I do!

  19. "Clue" indeed. Susan — in the conservatory — with a Nikon.

  20. dale's dreams says

    Beautiful! I love her style. 🙂

  21. Cornelia's table setting is exquisite. And I love how she keeps the room fairly simply so you're focussed on the table and on that beautiful view out of the windows. The whole effect is both stimulating and serene. Please thank her for us.

  22. Style Sisters says

    Beautiful as always! I need some of those gorgeous roses!! I am finally back blogging again…come on over and check out the buffet my daughter and I put together…it turned out really nice.

    Karin 🙂

  23. That would be a dream to have a conservatory.Those linens are just perfect.Pretty dishes too.

  24. Pam~ Virginia Retro says

    Gorgeous Limoges china, oh and that Meissen vase! A stunning table. Loved seeing the tulips in your arrangement, they always make me feel like spring is around the corner.

  25. I love dining in Cornelia's home. Everything is so genteel. I especially love the one wine glass with the burgundy top and the gorgeous feet, just beautiful.
    *sigh*, wish we were really there, I have been to Switzerland and it is so lovely.
    Thank you Susan and Cornelia for inviting us! I wonder if Cornelia would add the dinner/breakfast menu sometime.

  26. Love the French china

  27. Cindy (Applestone Cottage) says

    OMG that was really a delight! I love the setting, the china, flatware and linens are so pretty and make for a soft yet stunning table!
    Thanks for sharing this Susan and Cornelia!

  28. Liz@A Dish Here, A Glass There says

    I absolutely love her china! She always has such gorgeous place settings! The silverware is beautiful I love how they made the tines of the fork…and her crystal goblets are wonderful. I'm imagining a Chocolate Bavarian Torte for dessert with a fabulous cup of coffee! I love what she did for the placemats, it looks like a large doily folded in half…beautiful idea! What a nice room and how wonderful she can pick her own grapes!
    I always love seeing something posted from her!

  29. Thanks for hosting. What a beautiful room to dine in. My mom has some Limoge China and it really does have some of the most beautifully delicate patterns. Her flowers are beautiful as is the tea set.

  30. Sue (Someones Mom) says

    Can you imagine how wonderful the lighting is in that room? It is so cozy and yet so elegant. I love the teapot and china. Grapes outside the window sounds just too good to be true! Beautiful!

  31. Oh my goodness, everything is so beautiful. I love these tablescapes. I am learning so much from all of these. Just looking at them makes me so happy.

  32. Susan, What a lovely trip to Switzerland. The inlay table, delicate crystal, and intricate roses handpainted on the Limoges china transported me to a perfect fantasy vacation. I can almost smell the roses and taste the just-picked grapes. Lovely. Thanks for hosting. ~CJ

  33. Cornelia's tablescapes are always so elegant. I am still in awe at all her beautiful china, crystals and silverware…Christine

  34. Cornelia has all the beauty that Europe offers..the china, the linens, the crystal, the landscape…wish I could really vist and not a virtual visit! But it was delightful all the same! Thanks for sharing Cornelia and Susan!

  35. Hi Susan, Thank you for the dreamy mini cation to Switzerland today. It's on my list of places to see. Have a great day! Sunny

  36. Always nice to visit Switzerland — beautiful country, lovely people.

    Thanks for hosting.

  37. Entertaining Women says

    It is always such a special treat to be invited to Cornelia's table. The antique Limoges is so identifiable at first glance…always exquisite…a magnificent and elegant classical table. Thank you for providing us with an opportunity to take a peak. Cherry Kay

  38. The table is so beautiful, Thank you for sharing and hosting.

  39. What a beautiful table! Both sets of china are lovely! I especially like that butter dish.

  40. Susan, Thanks for sharing another beautiful table from Cornelia! Wouldn't you like to go visit her!

    I love the idea of meeting other bloggers. Glad you enjoyed the get together. Thank you for all you do. Your tutorials are greatly appreciated. I have so much to learn but I am working on it.

    If there are any interested Alabama bloggers I would be happy to host a get-together!

  41. Debbie@Mountain Breaths says

    I love the elegant table! Thanks for sharing this Susan and Cornelia!

  42. Erin@TheSavvySeeker says

    What a beautiful little room! I love all of the natural light with her windows! And the vintage/antique colored wine glasses are very pretty. Thanks for sharing!

  43. {Hi Sugarplum!} says

    What a lovely room!!! and I adore the pink tapers and flowers! I haven't had a tablescape to share in awhile, so I was thrilled when I realized my paper heart doily runner applied to your party! Thanks for hosting, and Happy Weekend!

  44. Engagement Rings says

    Love the images, and the room looks great.

  45. Mrs.Flescher says

    OH BE STILL MY HEART! I am in love with these sets. All of them. I want everything on these tables to pack up and fly home to my table. They are all stunning and beautiful. And I love the history behind them. Thank you for sharing. I'm inspired to do some china shopping. he he.

  46. Texas Tea Party says

    I used my phone and your blog to show my Mother your post. My mother is 89 and dearly loves china and I have inherited her wonderful appreciation of beautiful china. She was so excited about the teaset and dessert plates. Her priceless quote was "If I could just reach in there and take the set home!". My mother is still buying china and shopped with me at Dishes from the Past this week. She bought a set of Haviland named Plaisance with pink rosebuds. Sadly, the store is closing and everything is on 60 percent off. My mother and I have know the owner and her mother forever. She has held on for three years and must close her business. If you need any replacement pieces for your china I thought you might like to know. Happy Tablescaping! Pam

  47. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Pam, your Mother sounds precious! So wonderful you two can share a love for pretty china/tables. So sorry to hear the shop is having to close.

  48. Susan, just as beautiful in 2021 as 2012. I would love a conservatory. Love china and crystal. It breaks my heart to go to GW and see someone donated grandma’s collection of a lifetime, all separated and some chipped. If I could just bring them all home to play with and love. Many of us lament that our children just don’t want our “old stuff”
    Thanks for sharing again.

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