Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s party!’ – Robin Williams
Peter Cottontail will soon hop down the bunny trail, and the Easter-obsessed (guilty!) are already dreaming of daffodils, chocolate bunnies, fruit-and-nut crème eggs, straw baskets and the frothiest of Easter bonnets. Easter begs for extravagance. It’s the rebirth of the earth, after all – what better reason to decorate with pastel tones and bunny motifs? It’s natural.
So, with that bounty of beauty with which to celebrate, the next questions are: What is the menu, and which china and serving pieces will you use? GasLamp currently carries an array of service pieces possessing serious panache. They will make your Easter tableau as over-the-top as the holiday itself.
I have never seen anything like this GasLamp find: It’s a hand-painted Italian fish tureen and platter that features the words “Bassano” and “Cartigliano” ($450; Booth T-379). These two towns in the province of Vicenza, Veneto, northeastern Italy, are known for pottery that dates to the Italian Renaissance. An entrée called Baccalà alla Vicentina belongs in such a piece: It is a traditional dish from Veneto in which stockfish is slowly cooked in milk and olive oil and served on polenta. Why not try it for Easter?
This tureen from the Augarten Wien Porcelain Manufactory belongs in an important Austrian porcelain collection, and it would certainly be the star of an Easter brunch or lunch ($249). Every flower petal is hand-painted on porcelain with exacting brushstrokes and delicate shadings. A putti figure holding a fruit basket tops this beauty that measures 13.75 inches from handle to handle.
You might not think you need a punch bowl – but you do. Once you have one, you’ll wonder how you ever survived without. This Barbour silver-plated punchbowl is perfect ($85; T-193). It consists of a rounded well on a footed base with a rim graced by a low-relief design of geometric motifs. This punch bowl dates from as early as 1882 and no later than 1931, when the Connecticut-based Barbour Silver Co. ceased production.
At some point during the Easter festivities, you’ll need a drink. What better to serve it in than one of these tumblers created in 1910 by Northwood? Made of “stretch glass,” an iridescent cousin of carnival glass, in a tone called Celeste Blue, they feature a concave diamond pattern. Although not original to the six-tumbler set, the pitcher is included, making for quite a bargain at $49 (Booth T-114).
Charcuterie boards, both sweet and savory, are enjoying a major moment. Pinterest is teaming with photos, including deconstructed “Easter basket” charcuterie boards covered in rock candy, pastel macarons, Peeps and Lindt chocolate carrots. You can create a spread of goodies, whatever the type, on this 16-inch serving platter from Spode in the Woodland Harvest pattern, which depicts a riot of blackberries, currants, gooseberries, blueberries and elderberries ($45; Booth T-263).
I have seen a few lazy Susans in my day, but this piece is among the most unusual due to its fabulously textured surface covered in circles ($65; Booth T-166). This piece, by California Pottery, can be used for any number of appetizers, from berries with a fluffy cream dip to pita chips with hummus.
Hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way. While it’s the Easter bunny’s task to deliver “baskets full of Easter joy to every girl and boy”, it’s your gig to orchestrate a bonanza of beauty that begins and ends at the dinner table. We hope you complete your Easter tableau with fanciful finds from GasLamp.
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