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Lady Clare has a placemat for every taste, from modern to rustic to traditional to ethnic, making them worth considering for a variety of decorative and practical uses. Because of their beauty, diversity and durability, I loved adding to my collection, preferring Lady Clare to all other placemats, including those by Pimpernel.
History of Lady Clare Placemats
Lady Clare WebsiteIn our house the placemats are strictly decorative, but they're also durable, should you want to use them as originally intended. Each is backed with felt and the design is covered with a durable lacquer that's said to be heat-resistant to 212 degrees F.
Current Placemat Designs
Lady Clare still offers many classic designs, but also is keeping up with changing tastes and interests. Some of the designs available in the Traditional Collection include everything from tigers to tall ships, while the Today Collection features French shops, wine, golf and music, etc. etc. etc. There also are solid designs in a variety of colors, so that most people can find something they like.
Other Decorative Ways to Use the Placemats
- on a free-standing shelf
- on the mantle
- at the back of a bookcase shelf
- in a stand on a tabletop, bureau or vanity
Lady Clare Placemats Given to Queen Elizabeth
Lady Clare placemats were in the news in December 2012 when the Cabinet chose 60 as a gift for Queen Elizabeth to mark the first time the meeting of senior ministers had been attended by a monarch in more than 230 years.
The placemats are based on twelve images taken from paintings of state rooms within Buckingham Palace. I wish this picture showed the designs more clearly...
These are the luncheon size, and if we ever get invited to lunch at the Palace, maybe they'll be on the table.