Thursday, May 3, 2012

Tablescape Thursday: A Garden of Jadeite

Welcome to tablescape thursday number two! Special thank you to Between Naps on the Porch for hosting this fun, weekly event.

This week I have a garden green theme, complete with froggy pitcher and birdie salt and peppers. The luminous jadeite glows in the afternoon sun and yellow napkins add some cheery color to a mostly white background.

Fire King Jade-ite in "Jane Ray" shown with yellow and white
 print napkins from Target

Antique mother of pearl cutlery is mixed with Wallace "Grand Baroque"

An alternative to traditional chargers, printed paper cake-liners from
Sur la Table add a bit of fun to the table.

Tweet tweet! I collect bird salt and peppers.
This colorful pair are from Pottery Barn.

Bee themed glassware by La Rochere. An
"Antique Silver" coaster from Pottery Barn
catches any condensation from cold
 ice tea. Don't want to ruin the printed swiss
dot tablecloth!

I love how the light illuminates jadeite!

I love love love this frog pitcher from Sur la Table!

So as promised, I will share some history bits.


This green colored glass dates back to the 1930's. Started by McKee Glass company, jade kitchenware and dinnerware was originally inexpensive and serviceable. Next came Jeanette Glass Company ewith thier colored glass line. Jeanette coined the term "jadeite." Almost a decade later, Anchor Hocking's Fire-king division introduced their "jade-ite." Now, among collectors, all green glassware of this style is just referred to as jadeite. It remained popular into the 70's, with its hey day during the 40's and 50's. Even at the height of it's popularity it was very cheap. Mostly jadeite was distributed as give aways, sometimes in boxes of oatmeal, other times as a gift if you went to the movie theater.

My pattern, "Jane Ray," was given it's name decades after production by collectors. It is one of Anchor Hocking's domestic lines. Anchor Hocking is most well known for it's "Restaurant Ware" line, which was very hearty and was originally used in institutions such as schools and hospitals. Now it is highly collectable. 

Jadeite is a fun thing to collect. It is relatively inexpensive and very available. Most antique shops or flea markets, even thrift shops, have a some for sale. Basically, you don't have to search too far to come up with a set.

Mother of Pearl Cutlery

The most popular time for mother of pearl (MOP) handled cutlery was late 1800's, early nineteen. MOP handled pieces were popular for dessert service, so they are usually blunt knives and forks. I have yet to come across antique MOP spoon, though I have been looking. I like to use mine for breakfast, since they are very delicate. MOP pieces are often silver plated with sterling ferrules (the little silver band between the handle and fork/knife implement). When they are indeed silver plated, antique MOP can be used as a fish service. Today, stainless steel is made differently than it was in years past, but in Victorian times, steel reacted with the fish and created an off taste, which is why antique fish services pieces are traditionally silver or silver plate.

La Rochere Glasses

La Rochere goes back to 1475 France. If you read French, click here for the company's history. The bee pattern is inspired by the Napoleonic Bee. Apparently, the glasses are based on a set that Napoleon had made with his symbol. says that the bee is a "Symbol of immortality and resurrection, the bee was chosen so as to link the new dynasty to the very origins of France. Golden bees (in fact, cicadas) were discovered in 1653 in Tournai in the tomb of Childeric I, founder in 457 of the Merovingian dynasty and father of Clovis. They were considered as the oldest emblem of the sovereigns of France."

And to learn about the Wallace "Grand Baroque" silverware, please visit my post from last week.

Happy Thursday all!


  1. This is fascinating -- and gorgeous. Thanks.

  2. Very pretty jadite table, Caroline!
    Thanks for stopping by let's Dish!
    I got the tray to match the bowl too at the outlet. I had a coupon for an extra 20 off too!
    Have a great weekend!

  3. This table is wonderful, the jadeite in combination with the other dishes is perfect. i love the MOP, I want some bad! the info was great! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you!! I'm happy to share pretty things :) and I agree, I love mother of pearl!

  4. I've always admired jadeite, and your collection is lovely. Love also the mother of pearl flaw are. Thanks for sharing the background information. Happy May! ~CJ

    1. Thanks so much! And happy May to you as well!