The godfather of tablescapes was of course David Hicks. In fact, it was Hicks who coined the term "tablescape". Hicks was a master of the art of arranging. His tableaux usually included interesting flowers, artifacts, and bits of his collections. Below are a few photos of tablescapes that I find to be pretty close to perfection!
Tablescape by David Hicks
Design by Anne Coyle Interiors
Design by David Netto
Design by Miles Redd
(Tablescape at top by David Hicks)