I’d like to introduce you to my English conservatory tray. Isn’t she a beaut?
She’s a wonderfully rustic dark-patina oak with metal corner brackets. The back is taller than the front so she displays better with her back up against a wall.
She has definitely been well-loved and used in a previous life.
This piece makes a wonderful accessory for a tablescape because of it’s size. I had fun adding different objects to create an interesting vignette.
The small vintage cloche contains a fragment of a handwritten French ledger and a vintage spool of cotton thread. I also included my two antique sheep engravings and a couple splayed baseballs. You know, baseball and softball season starts in the spring!!!
I thought I would spell out “spring” just in case anyone was missing it!
I kept adding and taking away objects in my tray as I was arranging. On the right side is a new modern porcelain bird vase by Chive and antique French terra cotta pots and a zinc seed pot with dried lavender and a rolled up French ledger.
I really like the color combo of these fresh flowers that I picked up at the grocery.
I still need to frame my sheep!!!
I used the leather covers off the splayed baseballs last year to create baseball “flowers”. It was very tedious getting the leather off the ball.
This tray would be great in a sunroom or even as a rustic tray to a bath vanity.
I haven’t seen to much info on conservatory trays, but I guess it’s pretty self-explanatory. Certainly they were used in early greenhouses/conservatories to contain several small pots for growing as they could easily be carried together.
If anyone has more information on conservatory trays, I would love to hear about it!
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