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Staffordshire Calico Blue (Burleigh Backstamp) is a rimmed, traditional chintz pattern with spectacular blue-on-white floral coloration. The word “chintz” derives from the Sanskrit, “chitra,” for “painting.” Chintz calico was imported from India into Europe at the beginning of the 17th century. But not until three centuries later would the English popularize the decoration on dinnerware. In the late 19th century a lithographer developed a method of decorating porcelain that was similar to printing images on paper. His specialized transfer printing process enabled china firms to apply the bold, elaborate designs and brilliant colors of chintz fabric to china economically. Staffordshire was a leading company in developing this technique. Calico Blue (Burleigh Backstamp) will give your dinner guests something beautiful to talk about, even before you’ve served your first course!

Fostoria Buttercup glassware features a goblet with a concave bowl etched with delicate filigree, floral designs. The multi-sided stem has a molded, wafer design, with round foot. Buttercup was produced from 1942 to 1959, a period of competition among several American glassmaking companies, including Heisey, Cambridge, Imperial Glass (Ohio), and Tiffin Glass Co. For more than 100 years, Fostoria produced glassware of exceptional quality and beauty. New technologies developed during World War II enabled glassmakers to produce pressed glass of the elegance and high quality associated with traditional, hand-blown glass. Fostoria was a leader in implementing these innovations. Buttercup is one of Fostoria’s traditional, ornate designs, especially popular during the first half of the 20th century. After WWII, Fostoria's creations began to reflect “minimalist” design, with polished, smooth surfaces and swirling shapes.

Making its debut during the reign of Queen Victoria, Buttercup sterling silver by Gorham is an exquisite example of the Greco-Roman applied art popular during the period. It features a scalloped shape, with an intricate design of buttercups, scrolls, and leaves, and a spray of buttercups at the bowl of the utensil. Produced from 1899 to ca. 1950, Gorham Buttercup includes a large selection of sterling silver place setting and serving pieces. The pattern is also available in magnificent hollowware, including tea sets. Afternoon tea, like the Buttercup pattern, was a staple of Victorian England – made popular by Anna Maria Stanhope, the Seventh Duchess of Bedford.

With Staffordshire Calico Blue (Burleigh Backstamp) china, Fostoria Buttercup glassware, and your Gorham Buttercup sterling silver, you’ll set a table fit for a queen!

 

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