301 - Life Imitates Art
Group Of Seven Luncheon
For this Canadian wilderness table we used as our inspiration
J.E.H. MacDonald, “Falls, Montreal River.” J.E.H. MacDonald was a
member of Canada’s “Group of Seven,” seven renowned artists who,
between 1912 and 1928 traversed the country, each interpreting
Canada’s landscapes in their own unique way.
This table presented us more of a challenge as we didn’t try to
replicate a still life. Instead, my friend Yael Dunkelman, an art
dealer and consultant suggested we take our cues from the colours,
textures and mood captured by the artist. It’s a very casual
setting, done on bare wood, accented by stick placemats. We
created the table for seven because of the “Group of Seven,” but
you can set it for as many guests as you wish.
The china for this table is actually a combination of two different colours of the same pattern and the fine salt glaze on this service makes
it rustic and ultra attractive. Many of us enjoyed similar serviceware in the 70's, most of which is now packed away in storage. Pull out
your old pottery, it’s back in vogue.
The bear grass centrepice looks very nice on the table as do pine cones and river rocks. These inexpensive design elements (I found them in
the backyard!) help to keep the theme top of mind and also help keep names straight when we used the rocks as place cards. Final table details
include natural coloured plaid napkins wrapped in raffia and tied with greenery. Boxwood, cedar and pine all work really well to finish our
Courtesy: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON (416) 979-6648
Courtesy: William Ashley China Ltd., 55 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON (416) 964-2900