Are you looking for something cozy this winter that lends interest and color to a farmhouse table? If so then this next unique offering may just be too tantalizing to refuse! The early tart tin filled with four primitive candles and interesting accoutrements (all included, except for the fresh cranberries) will be a perfect fit for the holidays and can transition nicely into winter as well. White kidney beans were used as a filler because the color reminds me of fresh fallen snow. These were placed in the wells of the tart tin and surround the candles. A special sticky candle wax was used on the bottom of each candle so they stand erect and stay in place. Two opposing candles were accented with a civil war era inspired, red print fabric to add vibrant color. A pair of antiqued chenille candy canes sprinkled with mica reside in the front well. Fresh cranberries were added to the front and back corners of the tart tin as an idea but are not included because of their delicate nature during shipping. However the snow tipped greens do come with this gathering. Lastly, dried peas that have a two toned appearance sporting a buttermilk and soft green hue were laid in opposing corners of this tin bedecked with two slices of dried kiwi lending distinctive texture to the overall look.
The tart tin is in good condition with a great dark surface we all seem to favor. There are eight individual wells. The tin used to form each well located on the outside edge was curved under the rod to reinforce and secure each piece as shown in images 2, 3 & 4. The other point of contact, to secure the wells firmly in place, is located on two or three sides held together with tiny rivets. There are two small handles on either end. The bottom of this tart tin has some areas where black markings are present on two of the wells and there are also some tin raised areas (slag's) about half the size of an eraser head that could have been the result of how this piece was cast.
This reversible (see image 15), vintage damask table runner is a beautiful textile that has the luster of silk but finely woven. Turkey red thread was used to create a magnificent cherry or could be apple theme surrounded by bold square patterns incorporated on the edges that sport fine detail as referenced in images 7, 12 & 16. There is a whisper of a little boy playing a flute surrounded by a spray of leaves on each side located in the center as shown in images 9 & 10. Overall the condition is very good with just some areas of very light tea staining. Image 8 shows a small age related spot located near the border. The fringe is also in fairly good condition. There are no holes, rips, tears or offensive odors to report!
This versatile gathering is quite special as the runner can be used separately and would look nice folded up in a cupboard and the tart tin contents can be swapped out to accommodate any season. I am thinking spring….as birds' nests can be tucked into some of the wells along with folk art birds or tiny eggs would also be a great choice. Hearts can be a wonderful theme for Valentine's Day or what about using small cookie cutters for a year round display in your kitchen or pantry. You will get a lot of mileage from this fun gathering and enjoyment too!
Tart Tin measures 12 1/4" across (right to left) including the handle (11 3/4" across without the handle) measures 6" front to back, overall height including the candle measurement is 3 3/4" tall, (tart tin itself stands 3/4" tall. The wells are about 3/4" tall and measure 2 1/2" across the opening. Damask Table Runner measures around 3' across (right to left) including the fringe (30 1/2" across without the fringe) and 18 1/4" front to back measurement.
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