The stunning Empress Dresden Flowers pattern by Schumann/Bavaria was produced from 1945 to 1981. This gorgeous porcelain pattern features gold trim, and is adorned with embossed elements and an ornate floral design rendered in brilliant colors. Schumann/Bavaria was founded in 1881 by Heinrich Schumann in the town of Arzberg, in what is now Germany. The design of “Empress Dresden Flowers” was greatly influenced by the "Rococo" style of early eighteenth-century France. During the reign of King Louis XV, Rococo emerged in response to the heavier, highly ornate art of the late Baroque period. The Rococo style comprised elaborate designs with playful swirls, scrolls, and decoration. Schumann produced high-quality porcelain for more than 130 years, until the company closed its doors in 1994. Schumann/Bavaria pieces remain highly sought after by collectors.
Featuring dramatic crisscross and fan cuts, a thick, multisided stem, and a round foot, Chantilly-Clear by St Louis Crystal is a pattern of distinctive style. This crystal has great presence on the table, and is a fantastic complement to the Empress Dresden Flowers china and Scroll silver patterns. St Louis is acclaimed as the oldest “cristallerie” in France – the firm was founded in 1586 in the Lorraine region, renowned world-wide for the magnificent quality of its crystal. In Lorraine is the town of Baccarat, home to a crystal museum and one of the most famous crystal makers in the world. This rich tradition comes to life in the beauty of St Louis Chantilly-Clear crystal.
Introduced in 1927, Georg Jensen-Denmark Scroll is a classic sterling silver pattern! Georg Jensen, who had studied fine art, founded his silversmiths company in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1904. Jensen himself was recognized for his artistic designs. But he had the foresight to allow his designers (most of whom shared Jensen's conviction that the "ornament must never dominate") to follow their own creativity. Designers such as Johan Rohde (who designed the featured Scroll pattern), Harald Neilsen, Sigvard Bernadotte, Gunorph Albertus, and Henning Koppel created some of the most cutting edge silver designs of the twentieth century (Acorn, Pyramid, Bernadotte, Cactus, and Caravelle, respectively), and their contributions became many of Jensen's most popular patterns.
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