This beloved Tobacco Leaf pattern in durable tin material is perfect for spring picnics in the garden or alfresco entertaining. This is the perfect dish for tablescape lovers who appreciate the beauty of the pattern but want a durable outdoor material.
There are so many ways to set Tobacco Leaf, from letting it stand out on a simple white cloth to layering it on even more pattern! The design is elaborate and the flowers and birds explode all over each of the pieces in a different way.
The pattern is thought to have originated in the 18th century in China for export to Portuguese and Brazilian markets. The original design is probably inspired by patterns used on 17th and 18th Century Indian textiles and damask fabrics. The leaves and flowers resemble the patterns found in these rich and elaborate textiles. Some say the leaves are Tobacco Leaves but others argue that the name is misleading as the leaves and flowers are actually more tropical! Who knows what really inspired the design.