Queen’s Bouquet by Rosenthal/Continental is rimmed, scallop-shaped cream-colored china showcasing vibrant sprays of flowers on the center and rim. The verge (the verge area is where the well of the plate merges with the rim) features an exquisite gold trim that also frames the floral bouquets around the rim. This gorgeous pattern is nothing short of regal in look and design! Phillip Rosenthal began his business in 1884 by purchasing white ware and applying designs hand painted by his wife Maria, then selling them door to door. In 1891, he established a factory in Asch, Bohemia and began production of white ware for use in his workshop. From 1897 to 1936, Rosenthal acquired several factories in Germany, and the popularity of patterns like Moss Rose helped the business grow rapidly; by WWII, Rosenthal employed over 5,000 people. When WWII ended, Rosenthal’s son, Phillip, returned to Germany where he modernized out of date factories and reestablished lost markets. Phillip quickly rebuilt the business by reaching new customers interested in the modern shapes and artistry of his dinnerware. To this day, Rosenthal continues to work with leaders in fashion and design to create unique and striking tabletop designs.
Featuring a knobbed, multi-sided stem, convex cut bowl, and round foot, the enchanting design of Royal Leerdam Carola crystal beautifully complements the more intricate Queen’s Bouquet china and Rose sterling patterns. Royal Leerdam was founded as a bottle factory in 1765 in the Dutch city of Leerdam. In 1878, the company expanded to facilitate the production of pressed and blown glass. In 1915, a team of architects and designers that included K. P. C. de Bazel, Cornelis de Lorm, and Andries Dirk Copier was commissioned to design Royal Leerdam glassware. Gilde glass, a line designed by Copier, featured an understated elegance that has made it one of the most popular Royal Leerdam patterns to date. After World War II, Royal Leerdam continued to produce distinctive and stylish patterns under the leadership of chief designer Floris Meydam, who worked at Leerdam from 1944 to 1986. Royal Leerdam is currently part of the American glassware company, Libbey, Inc., and its products continue to be highly sought by collectors worldwide.
First produced in 1898, Rose (Sterling) by Wallace Silver features a narrow waist that broadens into an ornate handle adorned with a stunning rose bouquet. Wallace Silver, established in Connecticut nearly two centuries ago, has long been recognized for excellence in tableware craftsmanship. The founder of the company, Robert Wallace, was born in 1815 into a family of silversmiths who had emigrated to New England from Scotland. Apprenticed to William Mix, a renowned Connecticut spoon maker, Wallace purchased a dilapidated grist mill after mastering his trade, and began to produce his own silver flatware in 1833. Rose is just one of many examples of Wallace Silver’s high-quality work.
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