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An exquisite Haviland floral pattern with gold trim, Louveciennes is named for a beautiful village in the western suburbs of Paris, the subject of more than 120 paintings by 19th century French Impressionist painters, including Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley, and Monet. In 1841 David Haviland of D.G. & D. Haviland Trading Co., New York, embarked with his wife, Mary, and son, Charles, for France. Their destination was Limoges, a city 200 miles southeast of Paris, world-renowned for its production of fine porcelain. The region was rich in kaolin, cream-colored clay that yielded superior porcelain. Haviland, intent on producing the world’s finest china, obtained permits from the French government to build a state-of-the-art china factory in 1853. Within two years Haviland’s keen business sense and American ingenuity had aided him in establishing one of the most advanced china producing facilities of its time.

Baccarat Colbert (Cut) crystal features a concave bowl with distinctive arched, criss-cross cuts on the side, a multi-sided stem with faceted knob, and a round foot with starburst cuts. You'll be thrilled with the dazzling light this pattern brings to your table! 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 19th 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.

Wallace Silver Grande Baroque sterling is a pierced design, scallop-shaped, with lavish scroll, bead, and garland features on the tip of the handle and the heel of the utensil. First produced in 1941, the design was created by master silversmith William S. Warren to celebrate the art of the Baroque period, when King Louis XIV of France called for art that was more ornate and grandiose than the art of the Renaissance. Louis believed this dramatic new style in art and architecture would impress foreign visitors with the triumphant power of France. In designing Grande Baroque, silversmith Warren drew upon his knowledge of Renaissance and Baroque art to create a true masterpiece in sterling. Wallace Silver, founded in Connecticut nearly 200 years ago, has long been recognized for excellence in tableware craftsmanship – Grande Baroque is one of the company's most-admired creations!

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