Spode Woodland Stream is a gorgeous multi-motif pattern that includes magnificently depicted illustrations of various fish in underwater scenes. A vivid, warm palette of autumn colors is used to create lifelike images of perch, roach, rudd, salmon, tench, and trout (the featured Woodland Stream dinner plate here showcases two beautiful trout). Perfectly balanced with layers of scrolls and geometric latticework, the floral border of each Woodland Stream piece is a unique trim design that was borrowed from an earlier Spode pattern, originally produced in 1828! Spode founder Josiah Spode opened the doors of his porcelain factory in 1780. Under his guidance, the factory introduced two important breakthroughs in the development of English ceramics. Using bone ash, Spode was the first English china maker to achieve higher firing temperatures, resulting in impressively detailed, longer-lasting china. The company’s second important achievement was perfecting "underglaze" decorating. Intricate designs could be applied to china that would last for years without chipping, scratching, or fading, at prices affordable to England’s burgeoning middle class.
Featuring a sparkling variety of brilliant cuts, a multisided stem, and a starburst cut on a round foot, Brookside crystal by Waterford is a stunning pattern. 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.
Although the name Waterford is most often associated with dazzling crystal – whether the items are glassware, Christmas ornaments, or gift items – the company is also known for high-quality flatware. Powerscourt (Stainless) is glossy, high-quality 18/10 stainless steel flatware (18/10 represents the ratio of chromium and nickel used in the stainless steel, which adds luster and durability), with an elegant, geometric design on the edge and a fan/plume design at the tip. With its eye-catching design, Powerscourt is an especially fine accompaniment to Woodland Stream china and Brookside crystal. Today, Waterford’s stemware, china, and flatware can be found on tables throughout the world.
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