European Design Influence
Enjoy Old World charm with Meissen Blue Onion, fine porcelain with an exquisite, pierced design in famed Meissen blue; Congress crystal by St. Louis, the oldest "cristallerie" in France; and Reed & Barton Francis I, Baroque-influenced sterling used by four U.S. presidents!
Classic Asymmetrical Designs
Wedgwood Williamsburg Potpourri is scallop-shaped china featuring an asymmetrical topiary design at the center (accented with a bird and butterfly); Sweet Swirl-Peach by Noritake Crystal features lovely depth and movement in its shape; Gorham Silver Old French (Sterling) is remarkably modern-looking in design, although the pattern was produced in 1905.
Flowers for Spring
Gently scalloped rims with green trim enhance the pink peony and blue-yellow floral designs of Royal Doulton Floradora Green; gorgeous Rogaska Country Gardens crystal features floral designs cut into the bowl; scrolls and delicate floral designs accent the scalloped shapes of Wallace Silver Irving, sterling produced in 1900.
Brambles and Gadrooning
Wedgwood Bramble-Pink (Shell Edge) is fine bone china bearing a Wedgwood design hallmark; Duncan & Miller First Love is blown glass with intricate floral designs and a shapely ball stem; English Gadroon (Sterling) by Gorham is a magnificent example of gadrooning, made popular during the Italian Renaissance.
Winds of War
With deep blue and encrusted gold bands, Rosenthal/Continental Eminence-Cobalt Blue is at home in state houses and palaces; Baccarat Directoire (Gold Trim) is a magnificent example of European crystal making with Modern influence; contrasting the simplicity of Directoire (Gold Trim) is ornate (and gorgeous!) Wallace Silver sterling, Sir Christopher.
Icons of European Tableware Design
Bernardaud Grenadiers features toy soldiers, Christmas trees, and a holly and berries garland; Baccarat Capri (Optic) crystal, with tulip-shaped bowl and subtle optic design, is a great example of European crystal making; a sterling silver classic, Georg Jensen Acorn was created in 1915 by Johan Rohde, Jensen's close friend.
Golden Accents for the Holidays
Lenox Holiday (Dimension) is classic cream-colored porcelain featuring vibrant green holly sprigs and iridescent red berries with wide gold trim; Rogaska Richmond (Gold Trim/Multi-Sided Stem) crystal features beautiful crisscross polished cuts; Golden Ribbon Edge high-quality stainless by Gorham Silver will look at home on the most formal dinner table.
Wishes of the Season
Spode designer Harold Holdway had never seen American decorations, so Christmas Tree features unique design elements; Fostoria Jamestown-Green is pressed glass with a squarish bowl featuring spiral, swirling panels; Holly silverplate was one of the first patterns released by the National Silver Company in 1904.
Fascinating Histories, Magnificent Designs
Spode designer Harold Holdway had never seen American decorations, so Christmas Tree features unique design elements; Waterford Charlemont crystal celebrates the history of a village and family in northern Ireland; Wallace Silver Grande Baroque sterling was created by master silversmith William S. Warren in the tradition of Baroque art.
Gorgeous Autumn Colors
Gorgeous colors for your autumn table – that’s Johnson Brothers Wild Turkeys, produced 1951-1974; Fostoria Jamestown-Amber is pressed glass with a squarish bowl featuring spiral, swirling panels; a lovely plume design and fiddle shape make Benjamin Franklin (Sterling) by Towle a great complement to Johnson Brothers Wild Turkeys china.
Field and Stream, Spode Woodland
Spode Woodland is a multi-motif pattern with field and stream designs framed in dark, earth tone colors; Monarch by Wedgwood Crystal features delicately etched scroll work and shells, with cut panels to refract light; elegant scroll designs and a fiddle shape distinguish Gorham Silver Norfolk/Norfolk Villa sterling.
Less Is More
Villeroy & Boch Jardin D’Alsace Village features scenes and inhabitants (many of them feathered) from a rustic village; dynamic cuts and a multi-sided stem make Noritake Crystal Vendome dance with light; Modern architect Mies van der Rohe remarked that “Less is more,” and Kirk Stieff Winslow sterling proves the adage.
Rich Traditions, Modern Techniques
Blue Danube, produced 1951-2000 by Blue Danube (Japan), is scallop-shaped whiteware with Meissen blue floral designs; Fostoria Virginia-Dark Blue, produced 1980-1986, was among no less than 12 different Virginia colors; Reed & Barton Roseland (Stainless) features an embossed rose design by a silver maker long celebrated for magnificent floral patterns.
The Skill of Artisans
Royal Doulton Canton is fine bone china with gold trim and exquisite camellia designs arranged asymmetrically; dramatic Carlingsford by Stuart Crystal has great presence on the table; exquisite rose designs cover Wallace Silver's Normandie, a pattern with the look and feel of repousse silver.
Traditional Tableware from Celebrated Firms
Flowering Clematis Florida, "Virgin's Bower," is depicted in the Portmeirion multi-motif pattern Botanic Garden; the clean design of Wedgwood Crystal Infinity quietly complements a wide range of china and flatware; most often associated with dazzling crystal, Waterford is also known for high-quality flatware, like Powerscourt (Stainless).