Day 68 – Dinner with Calder

Calder - esque

Isn’t this amazing? I found this with the equally amazing Nadine at the Alameda Flea Market a couple of years ago. It reminded me of a Calder mobile:


When I was little we loved going to Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. We would have dinner at Señor Pico (where one of the adults would be SURE to get a drink with the clay parrot in it!)  and then get a chocolate bar from the little kiosk in the middle of the square. On our way to chocolate we would stop by an art gallery which, as a small child held no fascination, I just wanted the chocolate! It was a good bribe, and I did look around at all the mobiles which turned out to be Calders. It being the late 60′s and early 70′s we still had Art in school and I tried to make one out of wire and a colored plastic goo that you’d dip the wire in to create those shapes. Not as easy as it looked and my respect for the man and his art shot way up.

So thanks to my parents for having good taste and making sure that there was chocolate in the learning process : )

Quiet riot of color

The tablecloth is linen and looks as if its never been used or even out where the sun might find it. It is truly in spectacular shape!

Even though this is saturated in red I wanted to pull the other colors out. I started with the lilac Fiesta dinner plates, added a scarlet just to ground everything and topped those with a vintage yellow Fiesta salad plate. The little custard cups are modern turquoise fiesta as is the pitcher.

The hobnail glasses just seemed so quirky with their texture that they stayed to play. The gravy boat is scarlet Fiesta and the fun little salt & pepper shakers are Harlequin. The napkins are vintage courtesy of Nadine and I decided on my Cost Plus red bistro silverware.

Stuart the supervisor

What I wanted was to have those blocks of color like the print of the cloth. What Stuart wanted…only Stuart knows. He hopped up and wouldn’t get down for any amount of love or treats. Even touching him earned a growl and a swipe so it was agreed that he was the boss : )

The ears say it all...

He may be letting us know what he thinks of the warming trend headed our way. At least its not a hurricane! Stay safe, all my east coast readers : )

Being this is the last weekend of the month the Treasure Island flea market is happening. If any of you live in the Bay Area and want to check it out, here’s a link:

I had a great time when I last went, just go early to get good FREE parking! Have to see what treasures I can find this time.

298 days to go!!

2 comments to Day 68 – Dinner with Calder

  • Joan Jacinta Ruth

    I just purchased the same tablecloth in the gold colorway and wonder if yours has a sewn in tag that tells who made it?
    Your scape is beyond gorgeous.
    Thank You!

  • Angie

    The colors are great, I just wonder what it would looke like with odd shaped plates. Something to look for at the flea market, never a bad thing.

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