Josiah Spode I was a visionary in business and in the production of the finest tableware of his time. After an apprenticeship to Thomas Whieldon, a well-known English potter, Josiah I started his own business in 1780. There he created two of the biggest breakthroughs in tableware history: the formula for bone china and the process for ‘under glaze’ printing for earthenware – both of which are still in use today. Spode China’s Billingsley Rose-Pink , produced from 1926 to 1989, is a fine example of artistic earthenware design. A raised lace design surrounds the outside of the china, complemented by a lovely rose motif in deep pink along with sparse lavender and blue floral sprigs with green leaves. Thomas Billingsley began painting china in approximately 1775 at Derby Pottery in England. Billingsley later became the head flower painter at Derby, where he gained fame as a painter of roses. With his realistic depictions of natural elements, it has been said that Billingsley “painted roses as they were, not as they ought to be.” His roses became so well-known that students of pottery design were instructed to paint in the “Billingsley manner” during their training. Spode’s ornate Billingsley Rose-Pink pattern serves as the perfect complement to the more refined patterns of the Dolly Madison Rose crystal by Heisey and Camellia silver by Gorham.
Produced from 1949 to 1956, Dolly Madison Rose by Heisey showcases a beautiful blooming rose and stem design cut into a concave bowl with a flared top, a round foot, and a knobbed, multisided stem. A. H. Heisey and Company was founded in 1896 in Newark, OH. Produced in the late 1890s, Heisey’s colonial patterns were immediately popular. The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876 in Philadelphia had sparked the “Colonial Revival,” a renewed fervor for American history, particularly the colonial period and America’s founding figures. As the Colonial Revival movement gained momentum in the latter nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the advertising industry discovered linking colonial references to their products was a useful marketing device. As a popular figure known for being an excellent hostess, Dolley Madison’s name was especially valuable to tableware companies. Heisey was one of several glass and tableware companies to start a line of “Dolly Madison” products, including Dolly Madison Rose. At Replacements, Ltd., we also carry Dolly Madison crystal by Fostoria and Tiffin/Franciscan, Dolly Madison china by Castleton, Rosenthal/Continental, and Lamberton (among others), and Dolly Madison silver by Gorham, International, and Durgin.
The rich, glossy Camellia sterling pattern was produced by Gorham Silver from 1941 to 2007. Camellia features a symmetric design tastefully accented with camellia flowers along each edge of the handle. The camellia is a type of flowering plant native to eastern and southern Asia, named by Carl Linnaeus after Georg Joseph Kamel, a Jesuit missionary and botanist. The partial floral design of Gorham’s Camellia pattern creates a faceted, scroll-like effect, and the round tip of the handle and understated center design combine to create a refined, elegant look. Gorham has earned a reputation as one of the pre-eminent design companies in silver tableware. The White House has used Gorham silver services during several administrations; Mary Todd Lincoln purchased an impressive tea and flatware service for use in the White House, and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant asked Gorham to commemorate the United States’ centennial anniversary with a spectacular Century Vase that contained over 2,000 ounces of sterling silver. More recently, Gorham has expanded its product range to include fine china and crystal. Gorham’s reputation for excellence endures today, and their well-earned design pedigree is easily recognized in the gorgeous Camellia pattern.
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