One of the china patterns we have in our store is Noritake Shasta from the 1950s. It's a nice pattern, not too retro, not too fancy, with a mint green border and pretty flowers that fill the entire white center. Here's a close up for you: Pretty, yes? This soft green looks so pretty and like it would be easy to blend so I thought to try it with two different colors of green depression glass, a cool jade green and a soft true green. I thought the jade especially might pick up the greens in the leaves and flowers of the center bouquet. I've been experimenting lately with mixing and matching different textures, materials and styles. Some work and some do not! The colors in the photos below are true to color - except the glass is nowhere near as bright as it looks. I'm using blue color correcting bulbs and I think the colorants are reacting to the light. Maybe the right phrase is "over reacting" to the light. The cups and saucers are soft, satin glass and the jade candle holders are subtle. I was disappointed. The blue green crystalline glaze vase is too blue and the depression glass is too green. Let's try a different vase. This one works great. It's a true green and it compliments the mint green border on the plates and even pulls in the jade candle holders. Let's show just the plates next. Let's see a few other photos. Next one is a top view, same combination as the first tablescape photo. Here's just the plate close up with the candle holders. It's getting better. And the candles are closer to their real color in this picture. Another view. Now this last view is the full table with too many greens. The bright green cups and saucers overpower this delicate colored china. What's the consensus? Skip the bright green, jade green and even the softer aqua green crystalline glaze with Shasta. The tall green crystalline glaze vase from artist Dave Eickholt is a winner with mint green. This china needs clear crystal like our Secretaries Primrose etched goblets from Monongah. Maybe next week! Thank you to Susan from Between Naps on the Porch for hosting this fun event. Shopping Information: Block Optic green satin depression glass cups and saucers, Fenton jade green candle holders and Noritake Shasta china dinnerware are all in our store Cat Lady Kate's Elegant and Depression Glass. Shopping with us is like antiquing with your best friend.
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