Feathers on the Table: Yay or Nay?

Pheasant feathers decorating the tabletop look so pretty, and perfectly suitable for the season. Take this table setting for instance - isn't it beautiful? But does something sit askew with you seeing bird feathers resting on a dinner napkin?

Perhaps they would be better suited in a vase on the tabletop, so they're not actually touching napkins and plates. I've always loved this example from Domino magazine:

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Squirmish still? Try taking an oversized cylindrical vase or lidded apothecary jar and dropping feathers down inside. They'll be fully contained yet on display within glass vessels.

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(Images: Marcus Nilsson/Country Living, Domino Magazine)