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The exquisite Kouan Ti-Celadon pattern by Ceralene is adorned with a variety of exotic floral and tree designs in blue, green, red, and yellow hues, with gold accents gracefully incorporated into the design. Produced by Raynaud, Ceralene is “continental” china, the hardest of three primary types of china produced today. Fired at nearly 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, Ceralene’s thin body is perfectly white and translucent (before decoration) with a fine, clear “ring” when tapped. Raynaud, a manufacturer known and recognized since 1894 as a leader in applied art in tableware design, was established in Limoges, France, a city renowned for its artistry in fine porcelain. According to Ceralene company literature, Ceralene china “... is different from any other Limoges marketed today in both quality and styling. Many patterns are exact reproductions or adaptations of museum pieces of the 18th century. They constitute a truly distinctive china in the best French table tradition.” The featured Kouan Ti-Celadon pattern is a wonderful example of Ceralene’s dedication to artistry and quality in applied ceramic arts.

Baccarat Manon crystal features a clean, streamlined shape with gold trim on the bowl and foot. With its round foot and notched stem, Manon is a magnificent example of European crystal making with strong Modern influence! In 1764, King Louis XV of France granted the Bishop Montmorency-Laval of Metz rights to build a glassworks in the town of Baccarat. By the 1830s the company was producing crystal glassware, candelabras, and banisters for palaces and manor houses in England and across Europe – even crystal hookahs for Constantinople! By the end of the nineteenth century, Baccarat crystal was known throughout the world. In 1885, orders poured in from India, the United States, England, Mexico, and Brazil. Baccarat crystal has graced the tables of King Louis XVIII, King Charles X, Emperor Napoleon III, and many French presidents.

Percier by Puiforcat Silver features a glossy finish and a narrow waist that broadens into an ornate handle adorned with geometric designs and a delicate plume at the tip. With its graceful design, Percier sterling flatware serves as an ideal complement to the more opulent Kouan Ti-Celadon china and Manon crystal. French silversmith Jean Puiforcat is widely considered to be one of the foremost silver designers of the twentieth century. Descended from generations of silversmiths, Puiforcat entered the family business in 1920. Puiforcat’s early works drew inspiration from early nineteenth-century English silver designs and incorporated natural elements, keeping with the art nouveau style popular at the time. As Puiforcat’s career progressed, however, his pieces began exhibiting less ornamentation, and moved toward a more streamlined, Art Deco aesthetic. It was around this time that Puiforcat began to develop a profound interest in mathematics. In a 1927 article, Puiforcat stated, “The weakness of certain of my pieces, that I am the first to recognize, comes from my incomplete education in numbers. My evolution follows my studies in geometry, in trigonometry.” Puiforcat’s fascination with mathematics influenced many of his silver designs; he was especially interested in employing the golden ratio to guide the proportions of his works. Although Puiforcat employed precise calculations in his pieces, he did so while maintaining a warm, sensual aesthetic. His legacy is one of a silversmith who created functional silver that continues to provide a “poetic sense to geometry.”

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