This week we’re going for elegant! This beautiful bowl has the folded over shape that reminds me of a mushroom. It is from Fostoria, in their classic Versailles etch on the Fairfax blank.
Fostoria made Versailles about the same time as Trojan, June and Vernon, and used mostly the same shapes and the same colors. You can find Versailles in this sweet rose pink, plus a drop dead gorgeous green, a stunning medium light blue and topaz yellow. It’s beautiful in all the colors. I can never decide whether green or blue is my favorite, and frankly I’ve given up trying to pick my Number 1. They are all too pretty to have just one.
In fact one thing about Versailles is that the colors blend beautifully. Fostoria’s glass colors are all soft, no harsh shades that fight each other. You can also augment your etched pieces with the plain Fairfax blanks since the plain pattern sold well back in the day. Blending colors and combining plain pieces with etched is an excellent way to make your table stand out, not so matchy-matchy, and it can be more economical too. Versailles is one of the more costly patterns while the plain Fairfax pieces are more affordable.
I love love love console bowls. There is something about them that is so elegant and choice. Maybe it is the way the etched design is on the outside so you can see it, even while using the bowl. Or maybe it’s the intriguing shape. Or how you can use these with a flower frog for an elegant flower bouquet or place on the table as a decoration, alone or flanked by candles, or yes, you could even serve your mashed potatoes in it!
We have this Fostoria Versailles pink console bowl in our store Catladykate’s Elegant and Depression Glass, along with other Versailles pieces in pink, green and blue. (My topaz sold out already). This bowl would make an impressive gift this holiday.