Portmeirion Botanic Garden is rimmed, round china with a multi-motif floral design and brightly colored butterflies, bees, or dragonflies at the center. At the bottom of the design is the English common name and Latin botanical name. A verdant, geometrical leaf design is painted on the rim. The pattern offers a spectacular array of choices, not only in the floral designs, but also in the shapes and sizes of the china! Portmeirion artist Susan Ellis-Williams came up with the multi-motif idea for this pattern in 1972, when she was looking through rare books at an antiquarian shop. A volume of old, beautifully colored, meticulously drawn illustrations called out to her. The launch of Botanic Garden included 28 different flower types and was an immediate success!
Chantilly crystal by Cambridge flares at the top, with a delicate filigree pattern etched on the concave bowl and a lined optical design. The stem is molded, the foot round. This shapely pattern was a big hit for Cambridge – Chantilly was produced for nearly two decades, from 1939 to 1958. Founded in 1873 in the Ohio town of its name, Cambridge primarily produced pressed glass. When Englishman Arthur Bennett joined the firm, he designed many of its new patterns. In 1907 he purchased the company. Under Bennett’s careful management and creative leadership (some of Cambridge’s most successful designs and colors were introduced during his tenure), the company weathered the Depression. With its history, quality, and beauty, Chantilly crystal will be a great addition to your table!
Reed & Barton Les Cinq Fleurs (Five Flowers) is exquisite multi-motif, scallop-shaped sterling silver, where the handle is tipped with the design of one of five different flowers. A vine design that begins midway on the handle weaves its way down onto the utensil bowl. Released in 1900, Les Cinques Fleurs shows the strong influence of Art Nouveau, where artistic, organic shapes were applied to household items. This beautiful pattern was crafted by Reed & Barton of Taunton, MA, a company tracing its origins to a jewelry store founded by Isaac Babbitt in 1822. With new owners, the company began to use the “Reed & Barton” stamp on its silverware in the 1840s. Les Cinq Fleurs
demonstrates the innovative design and premium quality Reed & Barton customers have enjoyed for nearly two centuries.
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