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Queen Victoria by Herend China is a gorgeous pattern featuring a vibrant array of colors, exotic flowering trees, and graceful butterflies, accented by dazzling gold trim. This colorful pattern is the perfect representation of Herend’s exquisite artistry. The original Herend factory was established in Hungary by Vince Stingl in 1826. The firm focused primarily on the production of stoneware, but it also experimented with various methods for producing high-quality porcelain that could compete with the porcelain imported into Europe from Asia. In 1839, Mor Fischer gained control of the company and began successfully reproducing many popular porcelain patterns. His works were recognized for their excellence at the Hungarian Art Exhibition, the Vienna Exhibition of 1845, the New York World Exhibition in 1853, and the Paris Exhibition of 1855. The pattern that would become Queen Victoria was first presented during the London World Exhibition in 1851. There, it caught the eye of Queen Victoria, who ordered a large table service in the pattern for Windsor Castle. The pattern was subsequently named Queen Victoria, and, along with Rothschild Bird, became one of Herend’s most popular designs.

Featuring a beautiful variety of polished cuts on a convex bowl, a multisided stem, and a starburst cut on a round foot, Seahorse crystal by Waterford is an exquisite pattern. With its elaborate, eye-catching design, Seahorse is an especially fine accompaniment to Queen Victoria china and Quirinale flatware. Waterford Crystal dates back to the Flint Glass Works, founded in 1783 on the quay in the port town of Waterford when George and William Penrose opened the Flint Glass Works. In 1788, Waterford produced a glassware service as a gift to her Majesty, Charlotte Sophia, wife to King George III. The King and Queen were so charmed by the crystal service that they ordered the set to be displayed at Cheltenham castle. Today “Waterford” is synonymous with fine crystal, and is found in households around the world.

Buccellati Silver Quirinale is a gorgeous sterling pattern that features superb asymmetrical scroll ornamentation and a glossy finish. Quirinale is emblematic of its maker, Buccellati Silver. Buccellati is a name known in the silver world since the 1750s, when Contardo Buccellati gained renown as a goldsmith in Milan, Italy. In 1903, one of Contardo’s descendents, Mario Buccellati, continued the family tradition when he began working as an apprentice at Beltrami & Beltrami, a jewelry firm located near the La Scala opera house in Milan. By 1919, Mario had taken over the company, and focused on the art of engraving. He gained acclaim with his Renaissance-inspired designs and detailed engraving and piercing methods that made his pieces resemble fine fabrics like linen, tulle, and lace. Mario’s exquisite artistry prompted Italian poet Gabriele D’Annunzio to refer to him as the “prince of goldsmiths.” Over the years, Buccellati has crafted jewelry for the royal families of Italy, Spain, and Egypt. Today, the Buccellati firm continues its tradition of excellence under the leadership of the Buccellati family.

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