Spode Woodland is a gorgeous multi-motif pattern that includes magnificently depicted illustrations of various woodland animals in pastoral scenes. A vivid, warm palette of autumn colors is used to create lifelike images of birds, deer, rabbits, bison, hunting dogs, and more (the featured Woodland dinner plate showcases two magnificently plumed pheasants). Perfectly balanced with layers of scrolls and geometric latticework, the floral border of each Woodland piece is a unique trim design that was borrowed from an earlier Spode pattern, originally produced in 1828! The opening of Josiah Spode’s porcelain factory in the latter part of the seventeenth century coincided with a number of advancements in art and science. The well-to-do industrialists of the time (like Josiah Spode and his family) pursued a variety of fashionable hobbies, including an interest in art. Starting in the early eighteenth century, traditional oriental designs in English pottery were joined by elaborate designs like the one seen in the Spode Woodland pattern. This was made possible, in part, due to advancements in pottery manufacturing. Spode’s formula for bone china and the process for ‘under glaze’ printing for earthenware (both breakthroughs in tableware history) made Spode china beautifully suited for these more intricate, artistic designs. Today, Spode patterns are used on the tables of royalty, dignitaries, and ordinary families alike. Because of their technical innovations and a continued commitment to excellence in design, the Spode name has become synonymous with quality tableware worldwide.
Lenox Crystal Opal Innocence glassware features a smooth stem, a round foot, and a graceful leaf design on a convex bowl that flares at the top. This dazzling crystal perfectly complements the Woodland china and Maryland Engraved flatware patterns featured here. Since the 1950s, about half the china set on dinner tables in this country has borne the Lenox backstamp. Responding to consumer demand, Lenox introduced a line of hand-blown crystal to complement its china in 1966. In 1991, again responding to consumers, Lenox began to produce silver flatware, making it the first company in America to offer the complete tabletop.
Maryland Engraved by Lenox Flatware is high-quality, glossy-finish stainless steel featuring an elegant and detailed floral handle design. Born in 1859, the founder of Lenox, Walter Scott Lenox, was named for the nineteenth-century Scottish writer, Sir Walter Scott. Lenox grew up in Trenton, NJ, the "Staffordshire of America" of its time. With excellent transportation and good sources of fuel and clay, the state capital of New Jersey became the nation's leading center for ceramics production. Lenox first organized his company as an art studio, producing one-of-a-kind pieces for a select market. By 1906 the company was producing complete sets of dinnerware, and Lenox tableware and gifts remain hugely popular today, more than 120 years after the company’s inception!
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