Dining on the Balcony, Table Setting with Lomonosov Porcelain

Welcome to the 192nd Tablescape Thursday!

For this Tablescape Thursday, we’ll be dining on my friend, Cornelia’s beautiful balcony in Switzerland.

Table Setting with Lomonosov Porcelain

The view is wonderful from here!

Table Setting with Lomonosov Porcelain

Cornelia, please tell us all about the china you’ve chosen for this beautiful table setting here on the balcony.  Cornelia shared, “The theme is mainly based on the predominating porcelain, the Russian Lomonosov Porcelain.  Lomonosov Porcelain Factory was founded in 1744 and changed its name to Imperial Porcelain Factory after the Cold War.”

Table Setting with Lomonosov Porcelain

“I bought my first Lomonosov Porcelain right back in 1988 when I visited for the first time the former USSR.  It was still cold war at this time and very exciting to experience a totally different world. I bought it in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) in a shop only for foreigners and had to pay it in US-Dollars, because they only accepted foreign currencies at this time.”

Table Setting with Lomonosov Porcelain

“My first porcelain is pattern cobalt net. It first appeared in 1949. The design is based on a pink net pattern that was painted on raised lines cast into the porcelain dinnerware pieces of Catherine the Great.”

“The design pattern is a combination of intersecting lines of cobalt blue with inverted tear drops of cobalt blue (made from mineral cobalt) and 22 karat gold accents.”

Table Setting with Lomonosov Porcelain
Table Setting with Lomonosov Porcelain

“The plate underneath is by Meissen (Deutsche Blume) and is hand-painted.  The cutlery used is Silver made by Jezler/Switzerland. The pattern is called Orfèvre. It is hand-hammered and was created in 1930 in memory of the Swiss Physicist Auguste Piccard.”

“The plate for the main course is Royal Copenhagen, Saxon Flower.  It is all hand-painted.”

“On another visit to Russia in 1994 I bought a second tea set. Unfortunately, I do not know the pattern. It is cobalt as well but no longer produced.

It was in 1993 that the Leningrad Lomonosov Porcelain Factory became privatized. My tea set was directly bought in the factory which was quite old fashioned at this time.  The soup as a starter will be served in a Lomonosov cup.”

Table Setting with Lomonosov Porcelain

“The wine glass with the rich textured, gold rim, “Mintonborte” is by the German Manufactory, Theresienthal which was founded in 1836. The champagne glass is also German.  Later on the coffee and friandises (small pastries, or sweets) will be served with Lonomosov Cobalt Net Porcelain.”

The tablecloth is linen and the napkins are vintage.

“The vase is hand-painted and made by Augarten/Austria.  The roses are bought on the local market.  I wanted to evoke a Russian atmosphere so I used Matryoshkas as decoration.   I bought them on a trip to Leningrad in Summer 1989.”

(A closer view of the Matryoshkas nesting dolls.)  “They are hand-painted and gilded with 22 carat gold. They have illustrations of a Russian fairy tale on their bodies.”

Matryoshkas nesting dolls

Thanks so much for having us over for this wonderful dinner, Cornelia.  It was so much fun hearing a bit of the history behind the china used in this table setting.

Table Setting with Lomonosov Porcelain

Such a gorgeous day for dining on the balcony.  Did you feel those soft breezes?    I’ve featured one of Cornelia’s table settings here on the balcony once before.

You can view this wonderful setting at the link:  Villeroy & Boch, Le Ballon.  It features whimsical hot air balloons created from the work of the French artist, Jean Mercier.

Looking forward to all the beautiful tablescapes for this Tablescape Thursday!

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  1. Another wonderful field trip across the Atlantic! Her dishes are just beautiful, and the view from the balcony makes them even more so. I love every little corner of this table.

  2. This is a fabulous setting. The view.. well the view is phenomenal. I thought I recognized the pattern on first glance.. Love the cobalt pieces. So pretty. Loved hearing about the china too.. Thanks so much for hosting.. xo marlis

  3. What an elegant table in a beautiful setting Cornelia has created for you. What a challenge for her considering your enormous talent for tablescapes!

  4. allisamazing says

    What a goregous table. Thanks for hosting!

  5. Lizabeth @ Infuse With Liz says

    Oh my those are such beautiful china pieces! She has the most outstanding collections! She certainly does have a beautiful view and with that sun beeming it couldn’t be more perfect!

  6. Princess Kate says

    I don’t know what I love more the tablescape or the view. Thanks for sharing. Simply gorgeous.

  7. I enjoyed reading the history of Cornelia’s beautiful china and crystal as much as I enjoyed the stunning table she set! I’m sure all the blue and white lovers will bw swooning over this table!

  8. This table is pretty and the setting couldn’t be any better. I have been to St. Petersburg, Russia so these china and the dolls all look familiar, so stunning! ….Christine

  9. Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) says

    Hi Susan, what a beautiful place to dine. Cornelia’s table is stunning. I loved reading the history of how she collected her pieces. It’s always a delight to travel via cyber space to Cornelia’s home. Thanks for hosting each week. I would “love” for you come for tea and stay a while, we would have a blast visiting. hugs ~lynne~

  10. Donna@Conghaile Cottage says

    Such a beautiful setting for View AND Tablescape! The china is gorgeous. I LOVE Russian china and although I do not have any, “I have always planned to visit the country and bring some home”! I LOVE the pattern Leningrad Lomonosov… Thank you Cornelia for inviting us into your lovely home… And Thank you Susan for hosting… Have a wonderful week, Hugs, Donna

  11. Little Bit says

    Thank you for hosting. Cornelia’s dinnerware is breathtaking… thank you for sharing it with us. Little Bit

  12. Beautiful setting for this gorgeous table. I’ve long admired the porcelain from Russia. The deep cobalt blue is stunning. Thank you for sharing another of Cornelia’s beautiful table settings.

  13. All of the china is beautiful, but I just could not take my eyes off the Royal Copenhagen “Saxon Flower”, which is now on my wish list! So happy to see another tablescape by Cornelia. Love that balcony – what a view!

  14. Chris Collins says

    China will always be in trend! And the view is inspiring!

  15. Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia says

    So beautiful and what an amazing balcony to dine on! I linked up a diy trivet for your table, if it doesn’t fit into the theme feel free to delete. Thank you for all the hard work you put into the party each week. XO Kristin

  16. Barbara says

    Oh, what lovely china and in such a beautiful setting. That blue is so gorgeous. That balcony looks like a place to spend a lot of time. Thank you for hosting, Susan!

  17. PURA VIDA says

    What an elegant table!

  18. Debby S. says

    Cornelia has such a wonderful array of china, linen’s, silver and stemware. Her talents just amaze me! That is some top notch photography too! Love every cobalt and gold inch of it!!!!!!

  19. Stunning Russian china, Susan. Cornelia has so many different patterns in china and glassware so enquiring minds want to know…where does she keep it all? Does she have it in different cabinets or a special pantry? It is extra special today, to share a table on her balcony. Thank you Cornelia and Susan for hosting.

  20. crystal woolever says

    How beautiful! I love those porcelain dishes, my favorite part was those nesting dolls. I love nesting dolls.

  21. Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest says

    Oh my goodness! What a gorgeous tablescape! I don’t know what’s more beautiful – her gorgeous table setting or that AMAZING view! Wow, thanks for sharing, Cornelia and Susan!

  22. Recipes We Love says

    Thanks for hosting! This is our first week linking up! Love your china…it is gorgeous!! Amber

  23. Dee Stephens says

    I want to visit Cornelia!

  24. SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla says

    Wow! – What a view 🙂 … love the cobalt blue! Thank for hosting. Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  25. FABBY'S LIVING says

    Beautiful setting for a tablescape with that stunning china from Russia. I fell in love with this china, (which I hope to get someday)when I saw a Russian historical house in an Architectural Digest magazine of Interior design, which is my fav. I totally went crazy over it! I loved this post Susan, thank you for sharing and for having me once more at your fab tt party! Hugs, FABBY

  26. Shirley@Hospitality Designs says

    That view is magnificent…You would just want to sit out there all day….The china is magnificently exquisite…..Love Cornelia’s tablescapes…With the combination of the stunning view and the tablescape this belongs in a feature in an magazine…Gorgeous! Thanks for hosting Susan and bringing Cornelia’s beauty to us all.

  27. Entertaining Women says

    Lomonosov has long been a temptation pattern for me, particularly the blue net…so far I’ve resisted. The Meissen and Royal Copenhagen plates are such treasures. Thanks to Cornelia for sharing her glorious design with us and to you for continuing to host us for Tablescape Thursday. Cherry Kay

  28. A Cottage in the Clouds says

    Beautiful view and beautiful china. Thanks so much for sharing Cornelia’s tablescape, and thanks for hosting.

  29. Di Lewis says

    Hi! What a beautiful table, the blues are lovely. The air balloon dishes are sweet. Thanks for hosting.

  30. Kathleen says

    A beautiful table, the china is gorgeous! Thanks for hosting!

  31. Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes says

    Cornelia has the most beautiful china. The cobalt pieces are stunning!

  32. Kerry Rossow says

    Wow! Cornelia knows her way around the tablescape! This is stunning! Thank you for hosting! Kerry at HouseTalkN

  33. Imageremix says

    What a setting! Some people just know how to do it up right. Thank you for hosting this party. So many great ideas to see and enjoy.

  34. Anonymous says

    I lived in Europe with my husband and because of his line of work, we went to Russia several times, I have some teaware called GZHEL or GZEL, I am not sure how it is spelled, but I love it and probably should take it out more often…and I have large collection of Matryoszhka dolls too and that gives me a splendid idea. Your tablescape reminds me so much of our 2 years living in Germany and travelling throughout Europe!

  35. ~Tablescapes By Diane~ says

    Hi lovely lady. What an elegant Tablescape in a beautiful setting !! Thanks so much for hosting your lovely linky party. I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family. XXOO Diane

  36. Lady Katherine says

    Love always seeing her home the view is wonderful the china and linens so lovely I am ready to see her home in person what a lovely inviting home and tablescapes.

  37. Lady Katherine says

    Just love her home!

  38. Lisa San Martin says

    Hello! Re: your post on May 3 – the 2nd pattern you bought in St. Petersburg goes by two names: Bridesmaid and Basket. It’s still widely available on e-bay etc. so I believe it is still being produced. Beautiful setting, too. 🙂

  39. Amazing tablescape. Thanks for the share.

  40. I really love the cobalt blue dishes. Just beautiful.

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