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The Art of The Tablescape

‘Tables d’Exception’ launched at Rolls-Royce in Mayfair

 

On 29th November 2018, the extremely connected and delightfully affable Alexandra Foley organised a party for her client the French interior architect and antique tableware collector Hubert de Vinols at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London’s Berkeley Square showroom in Mayfair.

 

Showcasing Mr de Vinols’ ‘Tables d’Exception’ concept – whereby the ultimate lunch and dinner parties are created with antique ‘tablescapes’ inspired by the grand styles of the 18th and 19th centuries – the event not only offered guests a chance to view these ‘for hire’ works of art, but also a chance to begin what was one of the busiest Christmas party seasons in recent years in London in style.

 

Amongst those present were Heather Bird Tchenguiz, Liz Brewer, Basia Briggs, Dr Mark Collins, Navjot Dhanoa, Constantin Gordon, William Hanson, Christopher Hargreaves, Christian Huhnt, David Jenkins, Richard Martyn-Hemphill, Lord Oxmantown, Marie-Athena Papathanasiou, Alexis Parr, Melleney Samsudin and Matthew Steeples.

 

Of his reasoning to introduce his company into the UK to serve “à la française,” Vinols told The Steeple Times:

 

“I wish for Tables d’Exception to enable a return to refined entertaining, where a beautiful setting inspires convivial discourse. Tables d’Exception is the ‘Go To’ for generous hosts who want to entertain at the highest level, in the spirit of the Gilded Age and Belle Époque.”

 

Photographs: Courtesy of Edward Lloyd and David Kerr.

 

Pictured top: Hubert de Vinols, Heather Bird Tchenguiz and Matthew Steeples.

 

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The Art of The Tablescape – London launch of Tables d’Exception – Tables d’Exception by Hubert de Vinols launched at Rolls-Royce in Mayfair by Alexandra Foley, 29th November 2018 – Guests included Heather Bird Tchenguiz, Liz Brewer, Basia Briggs, Dr Mark Collins, Navjot Dhanoa, Constantin Gordon, William Hanson, Christopher Hargreaves, Christian Huhnt, David Jenkins, Richard Martyn-Hemphill, Lord Oxmantown Marie-Athena Papathanasiou, Alexis Parr, Melleney Samsudin and Matthew Steeples.
An example of Hubert de Vinol’s work

The Art of The Tablescape – London launch of Tables d’Exception – Tables d’Exception by Hubert de Vinols launched at Rolls-Royce in Mayfair by Alexandra Foley, 29th November 2018 – Guests included Heather Bird Tchenguiz, Liz Brewer, Basia Briggs, Dr Mark Collins, Navjot Dhanoa, Constantin Gordon, William Hanson, Christopher Hargreaves, Christian Huhnt, David Jenkins, Richard Martyn-Hemphill, Lord Oxmantown Marie-Athena Papathanasiou, Alexis Parr, Melleney Samsudin and Matthew Steeples.
Another option for those hiring his antique tableware

The Art of The Tablescape – London launch of Tables d’Exception – Tables d’Exception by Hubert de Vinols launched at Rolls-Royce in Mayfair by Alexandra Foley, 29th November 2018 – Guests included Heather Bird Tchenguiz, Liz Brewer, Basia Briggs, Dr Mark Collins, Navjot Dhanoa, Constantin Gordon, William Hanson, Christopher Hargreaves, Christian Huhnt, David Jenkins, Richard Martyn-Hemphill, Lord Oxmantown Marie-Athena Papathanasiou, Alexis Parr, Melleney Samsudin and Matthew Steeples.
Organiser of the event The Hon. Alexandra Foley with Matthew Steeples and Marie-Athena Papathanasiou

The Art of The Tablescape – London launch of Tables d’Exception – Tables d’Exception by Hubert de Vinols launched at Rolls-Royce in Mayfair by Alexandra Foley, 29th November 2018 – Guests included Heather Bird Tchenguiz, Liz Brewer, Basia Briggs, Dr Mark Collins, Navjot Dhanoa, Constantin Gordon, William Hanson, Christopher Hargreaves, Christian Huhnt, David Jenkins, Richard Martyn-Hemphill, Lord Oxmantown Marie-Athena Papathanasiou, Alexis Parr, Melleney Samsudin and Matthew Steeples.
Dr Mark Collins and David Jenkins

The Art of The Tablescape – London launch of Tables d’Exception – Tables d’Exception by Hubert de Vinols launched at Rolls-Royce in Mayfair by Alexandra Foley, 29th November 2018 – Guests included Heather Bird Tchenguiz, Liz Brewer, Basia Briggs, Dr Mark Collins, Navjot Dhanoa, Constantin Gordon, William Hanson, Christopher Hargreaves, Christian Huhnt, David Jenkins, Richard Martyn-Hemphill, Lord Oxmantown Marie-Athena Papathanasiou, Alexis Parr, Melleney Samsudin and Matthew Steeples.
Basia Briggs

The Art of The Tablescape – London launch of Tables d’Exception – Tables d’Exception by Hubert de Vinols launched at Rolls-Royce in Mayfair by Alexandra Foley, 29th November 2018 – Guests included Heather Bird Tchenguiz, Liz Brewer, Basia Briggs, Dr Mark Collins, Navjot Dhanoa, Constantin Gordon, William Hanson, Christopher Hargreaves, Christian Huhnt, David Jenkins, Richard Martyn-Hemphill, Lord Oxmantown Marie-Athena Papathanasiou, Alexis Parr, Melleney Samsudin and Matthew Steeples.
Melleney Samsudin

The Art of The Tablescape – London launch of Tables d’Exception – Tables d’Exception by Hubert de Vinols launched at Rolls-Royce in Mayfair by Alexandra Foley, 29th November 2018 – Guests included Heather Bird Tchenguiz, Liz Brewer, Basia Briggs, Dr Mark Collins, Navjot Dhanoa, Constantin Gordon, William Hanson, Christopher Hargreaves, Christian Huhnt, David Jenkins, Richard Martyn-Hemphill, Lord Oxmantown Marie-Athena Papathanasiou, Alexis Parr, Melleney Samsudin and Matthew Steeples.
Dafydd Jones and Liz Brewer

The Art of The Tablescape – London launch of Tables d’Exception – Tables d’Exception by Hubert de Vinols launched at Rolls-Royce in Mayfair by Alexandra Foley, 29th November 2018 – Guests included Heather Bird Tchenguiz, Liz Brewer, Basia Briggs, Dr Mark Collins, Navjot Dhanoa, Constantin Gordon, William Hanson, Christopher Hargreaves, Christian Huhnt, David Jenkins, Richard Martyn-Hemphill, Lord Oxmantown Marie-Athena Papathanasiou, Alexis Parr, Melleney Samsudin and Matthew Steeples.
Lord Oxmantown and William Hanson

The Art of The Tablescape – London launch of Tables d’Exception – Tables d’Exception by Hubert de Vinols launched at Rolls-Royce in Mayfair by Alexandra Foley, 29th November 2018 – Guests included Heather Bird Tchenguiz, Liz Brewer, Basia Briggs, Dr Mark Collins, Navjot Dhanoa, Constantin Gordon, William Hanson, Christopher Hargreaves, Christian Huhnt, David Jenkins, Richard Martyn-Hemphill, Lord Oxmantown Marie-Athena Papathanasiou, Alexis Parr, Melleney Samsudin and Matthew Steeples.
Navjot Dhanoa, Matthew Steeples and Christopher Harrgreaves

The Art of The Tablescape – London launch of Tables d’Exception – Tables d’Exception by Hubert de Vinols launched at Rolls-Royce in Mayfair by Alexandra Foley, 29th November 2018 – Guests included Heather Bird Tchenguiz, Liz Brewer, Basia Briggs, Dr Mark Collins, Navjot Dhanoa, Constantin Gordon, William Hanson, Christopher Hargreaves, Christian Huhnt, David Jenkins, Richard Martyn-Hemphill, Lord Oxmantown Marie-Athena Papathanasiou, Alexis Parr, Melleney Samsudin and Matthew Steeples.
Constantin Gordon and friend

The Art of The Tablescape – London launch of Tables d’Exception – Tables d’Exception by Hubert de Vinols launched at Rolls-Royce in Mayfair by Alexandra Foley, 29th November 2018 – Guests included Heather Bird Tchenguiz, Liz Brewer, Basia Briggs, Dr Mark Collins, Navjot Dhanoa, Constantin Gordon, William Hanson, Christopher Hargreaves, Christian Huhnt, David Jenkins, Richard Martyn-Hemphill, Lord Oxmantown Marie-Athena Papathanasiou, Alexis Parr, Melleney Samsudin and Matthew Steeples.
Richard Martyn-Hemphill and Matthew Steeples

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