Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Dinner on plates with a provenance.

Sunday I had a charming dinner that lasted till midnight. Didn't took pictures we were with seven at the table. Eating at my friend Denis place is always fantastic, the rooms are then only lighted by candlelight. Here are some pictures so you can imagine the atmosphere. The plates and the glasses come from the Tuileries in Paris, I think not a lot of people can say that eat from that kind of plates ;-) He has a whole set, but on the pictures the table was only set for two people.
In the future I will make pictures when the table is set for 10 or more.


Daniel Shigo said...

Ah! Such beautiful plates! All the more so in candlelight. What an elegant setting for a dinner party.

Anci said...

It looks very nice ! And the food was good too ? ;)
It have such an elegant touch, like a dinner on a castle.


Greet Lefèvre said...

Daar zou ik ook wel eens willen uit eten!

Ik wens je een prettige eindejaarsavond en een Heel Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
Opgelet als je de weg opmoet!


Madelief said...

Hi, A Happy New Year to you! I hope it will be a good year full of Love, beautiful things and fun!Your dinner at your friend Dennis sounds good! The table for two is layed out beautifully, so I can imagine it must have been very pretty on sunday as well. I wish I had such pretty plates.....

Enjoy your New Years Day!

groeten, Madelief

Jeanne-Aelia Desparmet-Hart said...

Just found your blog. Je le trouve tres interressant et tres rafine et je sais que je vais aimer le suivre. et j'ai toujours adorer venir a Bruxelles pour les puces et la place des antiquaires. quand j'habitais encore Paris. Merci pour les photos de ce diner qui devait etre feerique. A bientot.

annechovie said...

So very beautiful, David! Thank you so much for your kind comment and support. Happy New Year!

Love Your Homes said...

Thank you so much for your kind greetings....Happy New Year to you too


the.neo.lifestyle said...


Yes indeed they are stunning, the detailing is wonderful. And yes at Dennis place it's always candle light dinner :-)

Happy New Year!!!


the.neo.lifestyle said...

Hello Anci,

The food and the wine was always very good.
This place is a bit like a castle :-)


the.neo.lifestyle said...


Ik ben zeker dat je ze fantastisch zou vinden!!!


the.neo.lifestyle said...

Madelief ook het al het mogelijke beste voor 2010 :-)


the.neo.lifestyle said...

Jeanne-Aelia Desparmet-Hart

Oui j'habite a coté des antiquaires et des puces, j'adore aussi :-)

Le dinner étais parfaits :-)


the.neo.lifestyle said...


Your welcome, all the best for 2010


the.neo.lifestyle said...


Happy New Year!!!


The Peak of Chic said...

What a beautiful table. In fact, a beautiful room too! More people should entertain this way.

Anonymous said...

My dear David,

Thanks again for your kind article about my place, i'll soon feel ashamed you 're talking so much about me, as there is so much to tell about you.

But let me give all of you some more informations about the set.

Glasses come from the collection of François, Prince de Joinville, son of Louis-Philippe, king of France (1830-1848). All glasses have a "T" engraved in the basis, indicating it's comming both from the Tuileries Palace, or from Trianon. But none of them have the royal crown. Except a cristal wine carafe that I also have.

I lukily found the set of plates in Paris, few monthes ago, coming from the "service des Bals", from the Tuileries Palace. None of the plates are similar, and it was hand-made, from the Sevres royal manufacturer. They all have the royal crown.

We have to remember that Louis-Philippe owned all furnitures, houses, and so on, as he bought almost everything (former Kings of France were only "renters"). That's why we can still find some articles from him. Versailles' castle just bought (Nov. 2009) a cream pot from this service (white service, golden initials, royal crown). According to Sotheby's experts, there should left only 200 plates all over the world, a kind of "royal privilege" to get some.

As a more private information, my family comes from Robert, Earl of Dreux (1123-1188)son of Louis VI, king of France (1081-1087), whom married Adèle de Savoie (1100-1154).

On the other hand, the (hi)story shows that I also come from Françoise-Marie de Bourbon, (2nd) Mademoiselle de Blois (1677-1749), official daughter of Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan. Mademoiselle de Blois get married with Philippe d’Orléans, duc de Chartres. Her last daugher, Louise Diane d’Orléans (1716–1736), "Mademoiselle de Chartres", get married (1732) with Louis François de Bourbon-Conti, prince de Conti (1717-1767).

I also have English connection, as my ancestor, Collard Bosquillon, came in France with his uncle, Henry, duke of Sommerset, after the battle of Towton in 1461, as Edward IV, duke of York from the White Rose branch, pulled out of England Henry, from the Lancaster family, Red Rose branch. It has been called "War of the Roses". I also have a portrait of Philip Sherard, 2nd Earl of Harborough (1680–1750) in the library (see article posted on November 9, 2009, by David)

We are about to celebrate the 400 years of the family in July 2010 nearby Bordeaux, in the family house.

As a culinary point, the menu for that diner was :
- Feuilleté de saumon (wine : white, Domaine de Cheverny 2005, Loire valley)
- Tournedos Rossini (wine : red, Chateau Mourviels 2005, Cabardès)
- Framboisier (wine : white, Chateau Sahuc-les-Tours 2002, Sauternes)

I hope all those indications could help any of you, concerning the plate provenance, as well as the French history.

Happy new year, and best wishes for 2010.



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