Vincent van Gogh declared " Cobalt"(blue) is a divine colour and there is nothing so beautiful for putting atmosphere around thing..."
This extraordinary stable colour has been a favourite to some of the greatest artists, throughout the world. Renoirs, "The Umberellas ( Les Parapluies) 1881-85 (above) is one of my favourites. It is also the deep, dramatic hues of this colour that attracted me to this handsome, German Teaset.
I say handsome, because of the rich and heavy contrast of the decorating on this piece. The cobalt hue is so dense and moody, while the gold gilding lavishly hugs the superb curves of the teacup, like two lovers embracing.
I always look for matching colours in nature and none is more beautiful than the wild lupines that dot the hills and valleys of New Brunswick in the summer... I took these pictures on beautiful Prince Edward Island last year ....See how the curvaceous petals mimic the decadend gold edging on this saucer, in superb fashion. "All things bright and beautiful" just seem to originate in the form and colour from nature itself !!!
Although, I would hesitate to take this set into the garden party ... it would greatly compliment an elegant tearoom setting, in the Grand Lady's sitting room, where cobalt blue is an adorning colour for many vases and ornamental pieces. Of course, you can have your choice of cups to sip from.
We may even have enough bouquets of lupines for you all, to take home .... I do hope so !!!
Teatime is at high noon ... Wear your pearls ladies and bring along a feathered fan to compliment your comfort, in the heat of the day. Oh, my goodness ... I do understand, if that's a little early for some of you living abroad.
If your late, don't worry ... I have some midnight lanterns, to brighten the pathway, up along the azure steps, to a late night cup of tea .
Wouldn't a, " High Moon Teatime ", be delightful !!!
Sharing Teatime with :
Sandi@Rose Chintz Cottage
Terri and Martha@ Tea Cup Tuesday
Ruth @ Tuesday Cuppa Tea