Beautiful Names, Beautiful Designs
Beautifully named Amapola (Spanish for “poppy”) by Villeroy & Boch features exquisitely rendered, embossed poppy designs on the rim that spill onto the well of the plate; produced 1937-1953, Cambridge Caprice-Moonlight Blue crystal shimmers like moonlight; Lunt Silver American Victorian is scallop-shaped sterling with magnificent scroll and floral designs.
Summer Birds and Flowers
Fine bone china produced by Wedgwood from 1973 to 1995, Cuckoo features large floral designs accented by a cuckoo; Persian Pheasant (Optic) by Tiffin/Franciscan is etched crystal with pheasants perched in the flowers of an urn; introduced in 1936, Gorham King Edward is scallop-shaped sterling with plume and floral designs.
Get “In the Pink!”
Johnson Brothers Historic America-Pink depicts iconic scenes, including Boston’s Beacon Hill, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Niagara Falls, and more; Fostoria Jamestown-Pink is pressed glass with swirling, spiral panels on the side and a twist stem; Queen’s Fancy, high-quality, satin-finish stainless with black accents, was produced by International Silver from 1976 to 1982.
A wonderful summer pattern, Wedgwood Wild Strawberry is fine bone china with delightful strawberry vine designs scattered over the plate; flower petals connect the bowl to the swirled stem of Lenox Crystal Monroe (Gold Trim); Towle Old Master, founded on six generations of silver making, raises artisanship to high art.
Lovely Summertime Designs
Spode Marlborough Sprays features multi-colored flowers and pink tulips, and pairs beautifully with Tiffin/Franciscan Wistaria-Pink crystal. A perfect silver complement to these patterns is Gorham Melrose, a scallop-shaped and scroll design, with intricate flowers. Click the link to learn more about these great patterns.
Great American Tableware
Lenox Provencal Garden is scallop-shaped, multi-motif china featuring delightful “country” shapes and designs; its wonderful blue color and curved panels make Imperial Glass-Ohio Old Williamsburg-Light Blue a truly distinctive pattern; Oneida Act I is stylish, glossy stainless flatware with an exquisite sculpted, scallop-shaped design produced by Oneida for 30 years.
Summer Fruits and Berries
Noritake Royal Orchard features luscious peaches, cherries, grapes, plums, raspberries, or blackberries at the center of the plate; Noritake Crystal Sweet Swirl-Light Green is elegant crystal with a swirled stem and curved panels on the bowl; satin-finish Towle Hamilton is stainless steel flatware that complements a variety of china and crystal.
Three Patterns, Three Patriarchs
Spode Blue Italian uses elements from English landscape painting in applied art for the table; Monarch by Wedgwood Crystal features delicately etched scroll work and shells, with cut panels to refract light; Gorham Silver Camellia is a refined, understated sterling silver pattern, with camellia blossoms subtly worked into the scroll edge design.
A Gift for the Marquise
The King of France commissioned Chinese artists to create Vieux Chine (Empire, White) for the Marquise de Pompadour; Apollo Gold crystal is made by the oldest "cristallerie" in France, St Louis, founded in 1586; the lavish design of Reed & Barton Les Six Fleurs (Six Flowers) incorporates all the flowers from a multi-motif sister pattern.
Emperors, Kings, and Presidents
Royal Crown Derby Old Imari is fine bone china, lavishly decorated in colors and designs popularized by 19th century English china makers; Baccarat St. Remy crystal is beautifully balanced with no cuts whatsoever, emphasizing its shape; a beveled outline and flat handle with scalloped tip distinguish classic Fairfax sterling by Gorham Silver.
Timeless Designs from the Art of France
Exquisite Haviland Louveciennes is named for a village in the Paris suburbs, the subject of some 120 paintings by 19th century French Impressionist painters; Baccarat crystal has graced the tables of emperors, and Colbert (Cut) dazzles with arches; Wallace Silver Grande Baroque designer William Warren drew upon Baroque art to craft a masterpiece.
Passion for the Sea
With delicate blue scrolls, a dark blue band, and wide gold trim, Royal Doulton Princeton exudes refinement; Monarch by Wedgwood Crystal features delicately etched scroll work and shells, with cut panels to refract light; the swirls and shell pattern on Wallace Silver Romance of the Sea will convince you that its designer had a personal love of the sea.
Influence from the Italian Renaissance
When you've made it for 250 years, you know something about fine bone china, and Royal Worcester Ambassador-Green is magnificent; flower petals connect the bowl to the swirled stem of Lenox Crystal Monroe (Gold Trim); distinctive gadrooning, popular during the Italian Renaissance, sets Gorham English Gadroon sterling apart from the crowd.
Dinnerware in the American Tradition
With a stylized, geometric floral design on the verge that repeats on the rim, Gorham China Ariana has wonderful airiness; pressed glass with a squarish bowl and swirling panels, Fostoria Jamestown-Blue features elegant curves; reminiscent of Colonial flatware, a simple bead design outlines Wallace American Tradition, high-quality stainless steel.
Applied Art, Remarkable Beauty
Coalport Ming Rose, English bone china with lavish floral designs and gold trim, is remarkably beautiful; flower petals connect the bowl to the swirled stem of Lenox Crystal Monroe (Gold Trim); Gorham Buttercup sterling made its debut in the reign of Queen Victoria.