Fabulous Fall Decorating, Junkin' Finds

Vintage Butter Pats in a French Fall Vignette

Beautiful French Vintage Fall Vignette with unique vintage butter pats. Vintage orange butter pats with a baroque pattern

Vintage butter pats are beloved by many collectors due to their small size and beautiful patterns. Vintage butter pats are perfect for tucking into vignettes when you want to add a tiny touch of vintage charm.

Recently I scored the most precious trio of vintage butter pats at an estate sale. I didn’t drag out all of my fall decor this year, but instead focused on creating simple vignettes using things I already had on hand or thrifted items with autumnal colors or themes. As soon as I spotted the trio of tiny orange plates at the sale I knew they would be perfect for my “less is more” fall decor this year and my vintage-French fall decorating style.


I have quite a few ironstone and transferware butter pats that have been collected over the years. Brown transferware butter pats are my favorites, but these orange beauties have also captured my heart.  I love the pretty baroque love scene design and the colors.


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This isn’t my collection of  vintage butter pats, but a girl can dream! Aren’t they just so adorable and elegant?  Butter pats were/are used to hold a tiny  pat of butter, as the name suggests. They are generally 3-4 inches in diameter. Most antique and vintage butter pats are ironstone, porcelain or glass.


Most of my butter pats are on display in the antique china cabinet in the dining room or in the built in kitchen china cabinet. Others can be found in vignettes here and there around the house.


They are the perfect size for displaying tiny pumpkins and other fall treasures.


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I would love to find one of these brown transfeware quail butter pats! Love it too! 



I casually styled the orange butter pats ia French vintage fall vignette on the pld lyre table in the music room. The color makes them  perfect for fall, but they will also fit right in with the rest of my Frenchy-European treasures and color scheme of the music room year round.


I dressed up a white velvet pumpkin with green satin ribbon and a vintage orange cameo. Several other treasures with autumnal colors are coralled on a beautiful orange florentine tray that I just scored this past weekend. So perfect for fall in the music room where I keep the rest of my florentine items.





Ooo-la-la vintage French fall vibes…my favorite!






 It’s always fun to come up with ways to decorate for the seasons using things I already have or creating elegant vignettes without using commercial box store decor. Vintage butter pats are perfect for tucking into vignettes when you want a little pop of vintage charm.

Have you found any unique treasures to use in your fall decor this year? I love hearing from you, dear readers! Thanks for visiting today!




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  • Reply Debra Oliver

    These butter pats are absolutely gorgeous, I’ve never seen “scene” plates before. so sweet, just perfect for Fall tablescapes!

    November 3, 2021 at 6:36 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    Love those butter pats, Amber and your pretty embellished pumpkin. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    November 7, 2021 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply Janine Adams

    Amber, just stumbled upon your website and am so excited to see others interested in collecting butterpats!!!! I was actually looking for someway to use as ornaments on my Christmas tree without comprising the integrity of the butterpat. I have collected pats for about thirty years and have upwards of a hundred. I have slowed down but your post has really peaked my interest in collecting again!!! Most of mine are singles. I have a few sets consisting from two to as many as seven pats. Being in the South butterpats are limited and more expensive but found many and very inexpensive ones in the Northeast. I only considered ones with a mark and in perfect condition. Needless to say I love my butterpats. To me it’s all about the hunt!! Happy hunting 🤗

    November 21, 2022 at 9:08 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Oh how wonderful! Don’t you love them so much? I am just like you…I back off on collecting something for a while until I see a blog post or Pinterest picture then I am back out onthe junkin’ trail! Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you will come back again during the holidays. I always use butter pats in my Christmas vignettes and decor.

      Happy Thanksgiving!

      November 22, 2022 at 8:02 am

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