Featured Museum Pieces Archive -
Museum Feature – “Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne” Wedgwood Plaque
Josiah Wedgwood was intensely interested in the 18th-century trend to incorporate Greek and Roman architecture, art, and ideas into buildings, interior decoration, and ornamental objects. Our museum feature this month, the “Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne” plaque from Wedgwood, is a prime example of this neoclassical design sense.
Museum Feature – Duke of Wellington by Royal Worcester
The Duke of Wellington is best known today for his role in defeating Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo, but he is also regarded as one of Britain’s finest soldiers and commanders. Our Museum Feature, “Duke of Wellington,” stands as a fine example of the craftsmanship applied by Royal Worcester in the creation of stunning figurines.
Museum Feature – Aynsley Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Plate
The Aynsley commemorative plate in the Replacements, Ltd. museum celebrates the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, crowned in Westminster Abbey, June 2, 1953, and features her portrait and a magnificent cobalt blue rim accented with gold. Elizabeth’s reign has lasted 58 years, one of the longest of any British monarch.
Museum Feature – Seneca Glass Company Cobalt Blue Goblet and Stem
A goblet with a cobalt blue bowl and clear stem and a unique, tall-stemmed cordial with an equally dazzling cobalt blue bowl, both from our museum collection, evoke the history of a storied American manufacturer, the Seneca Glass Company, and craftsmanship of the highest order.
Museum Feature – Red Wing Round-Up Cruet Set, Casserole, Samovar
Nestled by the Mississippi River in the shadow of a promontory, Red Wing, MN, by the late 19th century was an industrial powerhouse in the upper Midwest, with factories, grain elevators, and extensive docks on the river. Our museum feature items were produced in the Round-Up dinnerware pattern by famed Red Wing Potteries.
Museum Feature – Ball, Black & Company Addison Day Silver Set
Sterling is often used to commemorate the personal achievements of individuals, and often those lives are interwoven in history in significant ways. This is especially true of our museum feature, the Ball, Black & Company Addison Day 5-piece sterling silver set.
Museum Feature – Royal Winton Pekin-Black and Rose Brocade
Royal Winton Pekin-Black (Gold Trim) and Rose Brocade-Cranberry (Iridescent) are patterns that will probably broaden your understanding of chintz designs. Be sure to visit our museum to enjoy a fantastic array of patterns and shapes in our “Chintz China” exhibit!
Museum Feature – Mini Teapot Stacking Set, 6-Piece Breakfast Set
Our museum feature includes two sets from an exhibit on chintz china now on display in our museum – a Royal Winton Royalty (Older) mini teapot stacking set and a 6-piece breakfast set. Our curators and showroom staff have put together a fantastic exhibit!
Museum Feature – Gorham Silver Kettle and Stand, circa 1861-1867
Our museum feature, a Gorham Silver kettle and stand, is an exquisite piece of sterling silver with gold accents. It was featured on the cover of our most recent issue of Silver Magazine, September/October 2009 – take a look and you’ll see why.
Museum Feature – “Spring Arrivals,” Hand-Carved Figurine by Anri
In our museum collection we’re fortunate to have pieces that recreate the production process for a variety of items in china, crystal, silver, and collectibles. Our museum feature includes 4 pieces that show the creation of a hand-carved wood figurine.
Museum Feature – Women’s Shoes, Wedgwood Jasperware High Heels
Cinderella’s glass slippers were probably only a bit more fragile than the unusual beauties we’re featuring from our museum collection – women’s shoes with Wedgwood Jasperware high heels! They were the marketing idea of Sir Michael Rayne.
Museum Feature – Vernon Kilns Lei Lani – Don Blanding, Designer
Sometimes the history of tableware offers up the life stories of great characters – read about artist, poet, actor, and self-styled vagabond, Don Blanding (1894-1957), who designed patterns for the legendary American china company, Vernon Kilns.
Museum Feature – Spode Florence Tureen, Platter, and Ladle
The scalloped shape and exquisite detail in the hand painting make our museum feature, a tureen, platter, and ladle in the Spode Florence pattern, truly special. Our museum pieces feature an intricately rendered gray scrolls design with turquoise center.
Museum Feature – Royal Doulton Chamber Pot and Cover
While the Royal Doulton chamber pot and cover may not be as delicate a subject as many we’ve covered in our Museum Features, it is worthy of note, especially in light of the history of its manufacturer, Royal Doulton, a company now acclaimed internationally for its exquisite fine china and figurines.
Museum Feature – Southern Belle Porcelain Figurines by Lenox
The lightness and detailing of our museum feature Lenox Southern belle porcelain figurines made them particularly vulnerable to mold and firing cracks – glaze variations of as little as 1/1,000th of an inch could result in cracking!
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