Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Medical Caduceus

This tablescape will probably be more appreciated by anybody in the medical field so I dedicate it especially for  you.
 
My inspiration came from the big heavy pottery that is shaped like a giant beaker that John and I spotted at Pottery Barn while shopping in Baton Rouge when my granddaughter AJ was visiting the other week. It was on a clearance shelf marked down to $29 from $49 but when I checked out, we were pleasantly surprised to see that it was further discounted to $18.00. Yay!
I immediately thought of creating a centerpiece with it. I have other smaller graduated cylinders in various sizes that I thought would look good grouped with it, including a real small beaker that I used here as a tea candle holder.
 
I added a gold caduceus book end and placed them all on a round ceramic platform. I added flowers to the big beaker.

I happen to own a dinnerware inscribed with gold Caduceus (medical symbol) and RX  (prescription symbol) on them. I thought they would be perfect with this theme. I would have much rather used plates with a microscope but I do not have any. Anyway, I found the first few of these medical ones from a local thrift store and completed the set after an intensive search on Ebay.



I have had these plate chargers that I bought from JC Penney's a long time ago.
The beaker repurposed for tea light candle holder.

 
Since the inscription on the plates and glasses are in gold, I used German flatware with gold on them.
Brass napkin holders....I found a dozen of them in a beautiful velvet case from an antique store downtown for $3.00.
Don't you just love my cute little mortar and pestle? I actually used that in the lab. a long, long time ago.
These rings were tarnished when I bought them but I knew they would polish well and I was right.
I thought I would add my Lladro physician as a finishing touch. Doesn't he look like a snob?
I bought the pair of gold and glass hurricane candle holders from a Filipino friend who moved to another state.



The cups came in 2 sizes.


 
The set came with a butter server but the sales girl dropped the top part when she was wrapping it and it broke, so I just use it as a tray for the S & P shakers.

The white embroidered table cloth came from Grand Cayman.
Thanks for your visits. I hope you enjoyed viewing this as much as I enjoyed creating it. Thank you so much to the hostesses.

Marty's Inspire Me Tuesday

33 comments:

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I totally love this elegant Medical themed tablescape. The big pottery you and John got is amazing and quite worth it! The centerpece with all the great medical elements is wonderful. Loving the chargers and china too. Perfect Chris, you did a terrific job and so different than any theme setting before. Big hugs,
FABBY

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

What a beautiful and unusual tablescape, Christine! Every detail is perfect! I especially love your centerpiece! Thanks so much for sharing at The Scoop!...hugs...Debbie

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Christine, you always create the most amazing and fabulous tablescapes. Gorgeous. I love everything. Thanks tons for joining Inspire ME. Hugs, Marty

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh I love this tablescape! Different, creative and just beautiful! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Marlis said...

Christine, this table is really wonderful. The beakers are so nice. They are the perfect jewels for this table. I love your dishes and the chargers are gorgeous. I must remember to shop JCP!!! Very beautiful. xo marlis

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

This theme is unusual but everything looks so elegant! It's been awhile since I've been to the Baton Rouge PB....I see a trip in the near future!

Sarah said...

Christine, your centerpiece elements are perfect for the theme of this table, and those dishes are really pretty. Of course they are perfect for your home with both of you in the medical field. I think your table looks very elegant!

bj said...

As always, just beautiful....
I love everything about it. so pretty...

Pat@BPM said...

Christine...this table is so amazingly creative and gorgeous!

Laurie Ritchey said...

Christine, I've never seen dinnerware with medical symbols on it. What a great table. I bet John appreciated this table. I love that you still have your motor and pestle. What deal on this pretty napkin rings! laurie

Diane said...

Christine - you have always been able to amaze me, but this table is the most amazing! I have never seen china like that and you brought all of the pieces together so well. Your dining room just looks stunning in the photos!!

Tea in Texas said...

What a lovely table. The white and gold touches make such a formal and beautiful table scape on that long long table. Such a sign of class. Keep up the effort we all need to see a real table with style.

Pam

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Christine, this is such a clever table! I enjoyed seeing all the little medical details too. I've never seen anything like this china. I hope you enjoy it many times. Linda

Entertaining Women said...

John had to feel very honored that you designed this table. It's elegant and really quite sophisticated. Great choice of elements. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

tablescapesbybev said...

Beautiful. I love this tablecloth!

Vel Criste said...

Yey!!!! How I wish I had something similar Christine!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!! Love all the little details and that dinnerware? If yhou ever find a set again, let me know, would love to have one of my own. I have 2 Lladro docs as well, male and female, both gifts which I treasure,never thought of using them as tables cape props but it looks like they can!! thanks for the great idea and that beaker thing? genius!!! Hope, if I drop by your part of the country, I can see this table set-up myself !!!!!

As for the kitchen, it's at a turtle pace right now, still waiting on the ountertops, which will be installed tomorrow! yeye!So I think will be ready to show off the kitchen next week! have a great labor day weekend dear!

Helen's Decor said...

Christine, your table is gorgeous and I love your beautiful dining room, too.
Thanks,
Helen

Denise said...

You certainly has a beautiful house. How lucky you are to be able to formally seat so many at your table.

I, too, was taken with the Pottery Barn beaker, but never saw it go on sale. Lucky you!

Lmkazmierczak said...

Wow, nice presentation of great ideas....visiting from 'Ready to Waltz'...My Waltz: http://lauriekazmierczak.com/orb-with-interest/

Bi Ti said...

What an unusual and beautiful tables cape! Thank you for sharing and partying with us :)

thepaintedapron.com said...

What an unusual and creative table! The Lladro physician is a genius touch! The "medical" china is beautiful and so different! It's all WOW!
Jenna

Jennie @ Got My Reservations said...

Sometimes a table has a collected look and sometime a table looks like the person went to Target and bought a set of dishes. While still beautiful, it's a Target story and not a personal one. What makes this story magnificent is your passion for this theme and your collection of beautiful artifacts. Each moment is beautiful and together it is a treasure.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Christine, I love how you have creatively decorated your table. So much elegance honoring those in the medical profession. Lovely.

Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Wow, this is really spectacular. You are so creative. This is very different but it works. I love all your attention to detail. Glorious dining room.

Janet

Candy S said...

Christine, What a lovely table. I love the way you have taken this theme and woven the pieces together to create this beautiful setting together. Jennie at Got My Reservations has said it the best. You took your passion for for the medical them and made it an object of beauty. Just stunning.

Shelia said...

Hi Christine! You are amazing! No one but you would think of doing a tablescape litke this. It's so elegant too. The dishes are lovely and the little doctor figurine is perfect. You're something else and hope you're doing well. I've not been visiting like I should here lateley. I've been sewing my head off! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Alycia Nichols said...

This is so cool, and I will make sure Ramon sees it! I wish I could find this great china pattern and the glassware to entertain Ramon's colleagues at dinner! Very nicely done!!!

Rettabug said...

I can't imagine a more PERFECT table for the two of you!! How FUN!!

I have a Lladro nurse to go with your Lladro doctor. LOL

Using the beakers for your centerpiece, was a brilliant idea & I'm sooo very impressed with that set of dishes. I'm also coveting those chargers from JCP....gorgeous!

We had neighbors in FL who were both pharmacists & the entire kitchen was decorated in "medical" apparatus...like your mortar & pestle & beakers. It was really cute!

Nice job~~clap~~clap~~

Tea in Texas said...

Wonderful medical theme for those important people in the medical. Your different beakers and mortal and pestle are the perfect beginning for the centerpiece. Your china is a special find. You certainly needed these dishes with the medical theme. Your table is elegant with all the gold touches! Have a good weekend!

Pam

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh Chris, I just noticed your gorgeous tablecloth looks so much like one I just bought for my round breakfast table on sale. Just wanted to tell you that mother finally gave me the teacups for the Polish china we both have...you know the Wawel and yours is with pink lil'flowers. Big hugs,
FABBY

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Christine - what a marvelous tablescape - I had no idea there were dishes like this - my daughter is in college to become a nurse - she'd love these - a beautiful tribute! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy

Sherry Thecharmofhome said...

I love the china Christine. A neat table!
Sherry

Kathleen said...

Amazing you found those dishes! You set a beautiful table with them!
Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

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