Autumn Leaves on Mottahedeh’s Fine China

It happens every autumn in temperate climates of the Northern and Southern hemisphere that all green leaves start to change their colors. Already, we can witness the beauty of autumn colors palette including various shades of yellow, red, purple, black, orange, pink, magenta, and brown. This famous phenomenon is called “fall foliage” and, in some areas of United States and Canada, it represents a major attraction, visited by many tourists.
The process itself starts with the lack of chlorophyll, a dominant pigment that makes leaves look green. When this pigment decreases, usually in the beginning of autumn – because days get shorter and plants do not receive enough sunlight, leaves change their color according to other dominant underlying pigments that determine their new shades.
It’s interesting how leaves’ pigmenting process can be compared to China painting (or porcelain painting). Most of glazed porcelain objects are decorated by using different techniques and applying different colors. Moreover, there are two main types of traditional China painting: underglaze and on-glaze. As its name suggests, underglaze oxide is applied to porcelain before it’s dipped in clear glaze and fired. Since the firing is done at high temperatures, only limited colors can be used. On the other hand, on-glaze painting is a technique similar to watercolor painting. It fires at the lower temperature and the colors don't burn away. It contains much more colors, including very expensive elements such as gold.
As on-glaze China painting gives more flexibility in terms of colors, styles and shapes, let’s explore some autumn colors on some of the most beautiful Mottahedeh’s Fine China patterns, that use on-glaze decorations.

Shades of Yellow and Gold

Yellow usually dominates in autumn, especially in final phase before the leaves start falling. Most of the leaves are warm yellow, even closer to darker tones. Dark yellow tones can be noticed on our Palma pattern. Furthermore, this pattern is very colorful, including other autumn-like colors. This pattern is a reproduction of a dinner service made around 1840 and designed Fyodor Solntsev, Russian art historian and painter.

Shades of Yellow and Gold

Yellow usually dominates in autumn, especially in final phase before the leaves start falling. Most of the leaves are warm yellow, even closer to darker tones. Dark yellow tones can be noticed on our Palma pattern. Furthermore, this pattern is very colorful, including other autumn-like colors. This pattern is a reproduction of a dinner service made around 1840 and designed Fyodor Solntsev, Russian art historian and painter.
 

Passion Red With Black Details

One of the patterns that maybe recalls autumn the best is Tortoise. Tony Duquette designed the plates featuring panel cut stone designs, which have been painted in a playful way. The shade of red looks exactly like warm red on a sunny leaf. Moreover, a touch of black gives a sense of severity and it looks like autumn’s leaf vein. A finishing touch of gold just emphasizes the elegance of the pattern.
 

Dominant Orange

There are so many orange details in autumn. Leaves, pumpkins, and amazing orange porcelain. Sacred Bird and Butterfly set is an excellent choice for Thanksgiving, or even outdoor dining during sunny days. It perfectly fits into the colors of the nature at this time of the year. This pattern was originally a Chinese export pattern of about 1800 and was intended for those who admired the sophistication of placing traditional Chinese motifs of birds, butterflies and flowers on European shapes.
 

Pink and Magenta in Autumn

There are so many beautiful pink details on Mottahedeh’s patterns, just like the ones in nature during autumn’s months. It is so difficult to choose one and describe it here, but let’s say that Duke of Gloucester pattern meets the expectations of rich colors and timeless design, with its brilliant fruits and leaves. This piece is excellent for decoration, but it can also serve as a jar for some nice flowers we can still find this time of year.

Brown and Gentle Purple

These lovely botanical illustrations brought autumn itself to this amazing Chelsea botanical dinner set. Porcelain produced at Chelsea in London in the eighteenth century is regarded by many as the apex of English ceramic art. So many warm colors, including brown, marked the nature painted on porcelain. Moreover, it’s very interesting how purple looks in autumn. Besides yellow, red and brown, this color can also be seen in nature during this period. Not only on the trees and other plants, this beautiful color decorates the sky when the Sun comes down. That is why autumn’s dusks can look so stunning.

And don't forget Chelsea Bird, that looks great with browns and purples.

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These are the colors no one could resist. Autumn, some say, has the most beautiful scenery. Nature is slowing down, but it’s still so pretty. It’s not hard to understand why many great songs were written about autumn. One of the most popular ones says:
“The falling leaves drift by the window,

The autumn leaves of red and gold…”

Autumn Inspiration: find these lovely decoration pieces at www.mottahedeh.com 

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