Vintage Copeland Spode

Welcome to the 8th Tablescape Tuesday!

The following tablescape is one I posted on Rate My Space many months back. I didn’t want to use a typical floral centerpiece, so I scouted around the house for something I already had that might work well with a red and white tablescape.

This vintage china is made by Copeland Spode and the pattern is ‘Tower’.

The centerpiece is a bunny that was hand-made close to 20 years ago by a very sweet lady in Hilton Head, S.C. She crocheted her “hat” and made/sewed all her clothing. She even used tea to stain her clothing to give her a vintage look. I’ve placed her in a red and cream, toile fabric-covered hat box.

Tablecloth is a style referred to as an Army Navy Tablecloth. There are various stories on how this style tablecloth got it’s name…apparently servicemen bought these tablecloths while overseas and sent them back to their wives here in the states. The tablecloths are designed with alternating panels of lace and fabric.

The ‘Tower’ pattern was designed, based on an 1814 print of “The Bridge of Salaro“.

This china is quite old and has the old oval Copeland Spode mark which indicates it was made in the 1920’s.

I love the way the cranberry salt cellars look with this red and white transferware china.
Close-up of bunny…don’t you love her little pearl necklace and lacy collar? πŸ™‚

A view from the back…

The toile fabric-covered hat box was made in France…

This week’s tablescape book is Entertaining with Southern Style by Karen M. Carroll. I really like this book…it’s from the Editors of Southern Accents Magazine. You can still find it on Amazon at a very reasonable price.

Thanks for stopping by! Please take time to visit the blogs below for some of the most beautiful tables you’ll ever set eyes on!

The following blogs have stunning tablescapes awaiting your visit:

A Beach Cottage

A Santamaker’s Journey

Angelic Accents

Between Naps on the Porch

Blinks ‘N Winks from Brown-eyes

Creating Myself

Jannet’s Country Cottage

More Than Heirlooms

Note Songs

Oak Rise Cottage

Sweet Nothings

There is Always Thyme for…

Wings of Eagles

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  1. Susan, I remember loving this tablescape when you posted it on RMS, but what fun to learn about your antique china. I’d love for you to do a post some day on where you keep all of your lovely china. Thanks for visiting my humble little blog. laurie (bargainhunr)

  2. Welcome back Susan! Your tablescape is gorgeous, but then they all are!!! I love Miss Bunny as the centerpiece too. :0} Diane

  3. sarah @ a beach cottage says

    Hi Susan

    wow, love your Spode, I bet that set must be worth something! it’s come together beautifully, I never thought of using something like that for the centrepiece.

    I’d like to get my hands on a tablescape book, thanks for the recommendations I’ll keep them in mind


  4. Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents says

    Hi Susan! I love your tablescape today! You are using "our" Spode Pink Tower!! I always use mine at Easter!! Hmmm, now I just need a toile bunny!! :0)

    Beautiful setting! Please stop by & see my fun Halloween tablescape!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  5. Suzann @ Lavender and Roses says

    Susan, how fun that you featured my very favorite of your tablescapes today. Okay, that’s probably not fair, because every-time I see one I say it’s my favorite, but those red dishes and that bunny just sing to my heart. Thanks for making me smile this morning. I’m off to see other luscious tablescapes.

  6. Jan and Tom's Place says

    Ohhhhh….how pretty!!!

  7. beautiful post susan, I made and sold those same little bunnies 20 years ago! I think my daughter Leah still has one , old and worn but still loved. Thanks vickydarnell

  8. Kathleen Grace says

    I love red transferware (it's what I have:>) Thanks for the beautiful ideas you put on your blog. I love it!

  9. Morning girl…I love it when you take the unusual like the bunny and make it seem like it was meant to be there..Beautiful tablescape…love that red and white and especially the detail on the edges of the bottom plate…gorgeous!!! I hope you are having a fantastic week!

  10. Good Mornin' Susan!

    I'm not sure that there is anything prettier than red & white/cream…and toile!!! The first time I saw this I thought…Ohhhh, this is just like a little girl's tea party but for the big girls! Hehe! You certainly captured a little magic and a bit of whimsy with this beautiful tablescape, my friend!!! And who would have thought to use a pretty little hat box and bunny for a centerpiece…you always have the best ideas!!! Your dishes are so pretty…loved reading some of the history behind that pattern! Was wondering if you mind sharing where you found those beautiful lacy charger plates…I've looked and looked for something like that and have never found anything.

    Warmest wishes…Chari (Happytodesign)

  11. I always look forward to your Tablescape Tuesday. You have such a talent for creating the most elegant tablescapes.

  12. Hi Susan,
    Lovely, lovely, lovely. These dishes and the setting you created with them are so pleasing to my eye. I had a post ready for today but life got in the way and I was away from my computer all day yesterday so it will have to wait for next week. Enjoy your week. I love this weekly meme :0)

  13. Morning, Susan!! I’ve missed you and hope you had a nice trip. Oh, I do remember this tablescape from RMS – I just love it. Love the Spode and that little rabbit – so ‘You’! You make every table so special. Thanks for starting Tablescape Tuesday!!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  14. salmagundi says

    Those are great treasures! I think the Spode “Tower” has the best color of red of any of the transferware patterns. As usual, you set a wonderful table. Sally


  16. Creating Myself says

    Oh my…how lovely! Love the reticulated chargers & the salt cellars & the Spode & the bunny..I love it all!

    I gave your RMS rooms a look-see & all of your posts are fabulous. You have a beautiful home….thanks for inviting us into it. And thanks for being a wonderful hostess! My first Tablescape Tuesday has been fun…I'm looking forward to many more.


  17. Hi Sussan…I do believe this is my alltime fav of yours…those chargers are definitly my favs! Thanks for hosting TT…sign me up again for the 9th weekly TT.
    πŸ˜‰ Bo

  18. santamaker says

    So elegant and charming…I LOVE REd and White and are those chargers under them? Sooooo pretty.

  19. Has it really been almost 20 years since you bought that little bunny?! I think I remember when you did. Wow. Okay, now that’s a little depressing.

    By the way, I love the salt cellars.

  20. Happy To Be says

    GM Susan…I have missed you dear friend and hope you coud some much needed rest…I loved this table on RMS and really ove it now..Who would think to use a Rabbit for a centerpiece…its so Frenchy looking with the toile and the history on the table cloth I love…that a new one for me even..You are the “Queen” of tables girl no doubt of that…the china is beautiful girl..and I also have 7 sets of china and you just find room for them..I have 2 sets under my guest room bed haha!!! You know the old it SCREAMS your name…I just got Royal Staffordhire ( Tonguin ) pattern the other day at second Sunday Swap meet 4 plates 1 bowl so now am looking on Ebay for and white of course, Boy does it ever stop?? Haha!!! take care dear friend and glad your back safe…Hugs and smies…Gloria

  21. This red and white tablescape is beautifully done. The bunny centerpiece is darling. The transferware dishes makes for a warm atmosphere at the table.

  22. Susan (Moonlight and Magnolias on RMS) says

    Hi Chari! The chargers came from either Neiman Marcus or Horchow online last fall before the holidays…so this might be a good time to look for them again. I never can remember which store I order stuff from because they are apparently owned by the same parent company and carry the exact same stuff online, as far as I can tell. When shopping for chargers on either of those sites, don’t just click on the chargers category but look under tabletops or china categories, too, because they will have chargers shown there as well, that aren’t shown under the charger category…if that makes sense. πŸ™‚ Hope you find them…I’ve had a lot of folks ask about those and the white chargers I purchased from NM or Horchow, also. Susan

  23. Oh my Susan, absolutely gorgeous!! You know how much I love the the red & white. The bunny is soooo adorable and makes a fun centerpiece. As always a stunning table!! ~Hugs, Jannet

    P.S. Please sign me up for next week…..I'm having om much fun with this! ; )

  24. one of my favorites! never tire of looking at these

  25. Absolutely beautiful! I love the whole composition!

  26. LOVE LOVE LOVE this tablescape!!
    My favorite colors–and the bunny is such a darling touch!!

  27. Of course you know the color red makes you hungry. It is also reported to raise your heart rate. Well, for me, it has done both. When do we eat? You say it’s not ready yet? That’s OK, I’ll wait right here on the porch.

  28. Great look, Susan. You just can’t miss with transferware, and your decision to pair it with toile is lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  29. Susan , here I am thinking all the while when I'm reading/browsing, "I wonder if Susan M & M, has seen this blog?". Duh me, I didn't realize it was YOU until I seen your name. I should have known better….smiles.
    You never fail to DELIGHT!!!! Thanks so much for sharing. Hugs -RMS Brenda mrsben-

  30. Welcome back Susan! A beautiful table setting, so nice to look at. Jan

  31. Susan,

    I love your china. It’s what I use everyday and I love it with your little bunny that matches. The salt dips are also just perfect with it.


  32. Welcome back Susan! Can’t wait to hear about your trip! :-))

  33. This would look perfect in my dining room! I’m gonna have to hunt some of this down! I’m so happy that you’re back.

  34. imjacobsmom says

    Another beautiful post! So cute using the bunny as the center piece. I LOVE your Spode. You’ve done it again! Thanks for the book suggestion. ~ Robyn

  35. Wow!

  36. So funny you just left a comment on my page (thanks by the way), because I was just on your page last night for the first time! Super cute toile! I love toile! I have black and white in my french country kitchen. Have a great day!

  37. FABBY'S LIVING says

    Totally awesome dishes from Spode in red…I love the way you did your center piece with the bunny, such talent one can't imagin anything like that! Thank you, I'm so excited to have run into your Blog.

  38. FABBY'S LIVING says

    All your tablescapes are absolutely stunning, I don't know which one I like best, they're all awesome! Susen, I'd like to ask you about the steeped chargers you've use in some of your tablescapes, the ones that are here too. I bought a whole set for 12 with chargers, dinner plates, salad plates, soup plates, cup and saucer…I use the chargers with others like you do. They're exctly and new, cause I bought them in a depart. store. It just says HAUS,they're porcelain disehes. Thank you.

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