Are you obsessed with PBS's runaway Masterpiece Classic hit Downton Abbey. Season 3 isn't premiering until January 2013, but you can get your home ready - maybe by throwing a fun dinner party Downton-style.
You might want to pare down the Edwardian tradition of serving eight to nine courses, and you may not measure the distance between forks as the long-suffering butlers do at Downton, but you can still set a magnificent table. For your "upstairs" fine china, you need look no further than America's iconic name in tabletop, Lenox. Many patterns from America's leading dinnerware brand would be right at home in Downton, but perhaps none so much as Autumn, which was actually designed in the period.
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Originally introduced in 1918, Autumn is still one of the most popular patterns in America today. This collection of fine china combines beautiful floral motifs and the jeweled colors of autumn flowers. More than 400 enamel "dots" are hand applied to form the floral and fruit basket design. The ivory fine china, enriched with a gold band, is wrought in the classic Lenox tradition that continues to appeal to every generation, but is perhaps no more in vogue than right now, with the world caught up in Downton fever.
Mixing, matching or alternating other classic Lenox patterns with Autumn would yield enough variations to get through all ten episodes. You might consider the sophisticated beauty of Vintage Jewel, an heirloom-quality pattern that represents both opulent design and painstaking workmanship. The deep, rich cobalt is in glorious contrast to the luster of gold and platinum, all arrayed against Lenox white-bodied china.
These and dozens of classic and contemporary Lenox patterns are offered through fine department and specialty stores nationwide or on Lenox.com
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