There’s a lot to love about Autumn. The cooler temperatures that bring relief after Summer’s heat. The lower humidity level that makes that cooler air seem refreshing. And the colors. Especially the colors. So why not bring that indoors to your Autumn tea table? One great way is with a dishware pattern. There are tons to choose from, but these seven caught my eye. They show the variety that’s out there, mainly featuring colorful Autumn leaves but also a classic design with a very plump turkey – we had this pattern (#7 in the image below) as kids and ate our Thanksgiving dinner off of them every year. Just the sight of them can make me start salivating for my mom’s cooking.
1 – Hall’s Autumn Leaf
Created starting in 1933 and ending in 1976 by the Hall China Company exclusively for the Jewel Tea company in Barrington, Illinois, that gave out pieces to customers as premiums when they purchased other products (now a grocery store chain in the northern Midwest). Different pieces would be discontinued over the years to make customers want them more. The teapot is especially sought after.
2 – Franciscan Autumn Leaves
This pattern is called Autumn Leaves and was made by Franciscan China between 1955 and 1966. Delicately designed leaves in various colors are on a cream-colored and speckled background. It’s pretty typical for its era and is in what is called the coupe shape, the same as their Starburst pattern but not as popular.
3 – Taylor Smith & Taylor Autumn Harvest
The Taylor, Smith & Taylor Pottery was founded in 1899 by C. A. Smith and Col. John N. Taylor. They took over the facilities of the Taylor, Smith & Lee Pottery that had ceased operations three years earlier and enjoyed quite a bit of success until closing in 1981. They were historical for being one of the first potteries in the U.S. to switch from older methods used by “pioneer potteries” to the most modern mechanical devices available at that time. This pattern was made from 1959 to 1965. (See more about the company here.)
4 – 222 Fifth Autumn Celebration
The 222 Fifth is a brand name used by PTS America, in New York City, the marketing and distribution arm for PT Sango Ceramics, Indonesia. Their Autumn Celebration pattern, featuring glorious fall foliage, is discontinued but remains very collectible. Bold patterns featuring plants, flowers, geometrics, and even some solid colors are fairly typical for this brand. They also control the entire manufacturing process to assure quality, blending the raw materials to create their own porcelain, stoneware, and fine china. The patterns are applied using a silkscreening process that is regarded as one of the finest around.
5 – Royal Albert Lorraine
From Royal Albert LTD., maker of many fine china wares. The Lorraine pattern of grapes and leaves are beautifully painted in hues of blues, greens, browns, and purple.
6 – Ganz Autumn Leaf
This pattern features embossed leaves and green trim. It’s part of the Bella Casa line of products from Ganz, a privately-held family company established in 1950 by Samuel Ganz and sons Jack and Sam Ganz. The headquarters is in Toronto, Canada. In the beginning they made toys, especially plush kinds like the popular Webkinz and even a plush Grumpy Cat! Later they added collections of giftware, tabletop accents, candles and personal care, garden décor and more. The Autumn Leaf pattern is discontinued, but you can find pieces here and there online.
7 – Johnson Brothers Autumn Monarch
This pattern features an ornate fruit and vegetable design on the rim of the plate and a puffed up tom turkey in the center. Made by Johnson Bros, (Hanley) Ltd., a firm founded at Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent in 1883 (in 2003 they moved their manufacturing operations to China just as many others have done). In 1888, they began producing under-glaze printed ware for which they became famous, so much so that they had to open up additional factories to meet demand. In the 1930s, they started bringing in more modern production methods, including kilns run by electricity. This pattern is discontinued but, as I said above, was around and served up our Thanksgiving dinners for several years when I was a kid. It holds a special place in my memory and would certainly do the same for you.
Seek out these or other patterns for a fabulous Autumn tea table!
© 2015 A.C. Cargill photos and text