3 Striking Ways to Style Ch’ing Garden by Mottahedeh

Rachael Burrow
Photo credit: Ian Palmer

From Veranda

A lot of decision-making goes into planning a wedding from what color rose makes it into the bride's bouquet to what kind of napkin fold tops the table settings of the reception. However, one major detail that should never be overlooked is which chic china pattern makes it onto your registry. Trying to pick dinnerware that is both polished and unique can feel overwhelming—but it doesn't have to be.

Enter the charming and exotic flora and fauna pattern of Mottahedeh's Ch'ing Garden. Founded by Rafi and Mildred Mottahedeh, the beloved fine dinnerware brand specializes in luxury ceramic antique reproductions and historic designs. The motif of Ch'ing Garden was drawn from 18th century Chinese hand-painted wallpaper that hangs in the dining room of the Lightfoot House in Colonial Williamsburg. Hanging baskets, detailed birds, and beautiful blossoms will transport your table to time and place, and yet still feel so modern.

Here’s how we used it in three dazzling settings with three distinct styles for any occasion!



Photo credit: Ian Palmer

The Evergreen Setting

Lush and verdant, deep tones of green make this table scheme feel rich and layered. The rich shade of the Herend Silk Ribbon charger perfectly compliments the delicate vines decorating the outer edge of the Ch'ing Garden dessert plate. A pressed wine glass, a crystal highball, a small tumbler and glass candlesticks with ivory tapers add dimension to the table. With pattern on the tablecloth, we kept the flower arrangement simple with monochromatic blooms.


Photo credit: Ian Palmer

The Ladylike Setting

When looking for a prim and proper scheme that still feels playful, go for color—a sky blue Matouk linen-blend tablecloth and Herend Fish Scale service plate in a cheerful turquoise hue create a happy backdrop on which to set Mottahedeh’s Ch’ing Garden pattern. More pops of color come from deep pink ranunculus and Moser’s Butterfly glassware add to the bevy of colors.


Photo credit: Ian Palmer

The Garden-Fresh Setting

Just right for a spring luncheon, this table setting’s notes of eggplant, mint green, and mauve pink combine to make Mottahedeh’s Ch’ing Garden Dinner Plate shine—especially when placed on a solid charger from Bernardaud. The only thing missing? A blooming field in which to place this table.

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