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 Latin botanical name and English common 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! Depicted here is the flowering vine, Clematis Florida, “Virgin’s Bower.” Portmeirion artist Susan Ellis-Williams came up with the multi-motif idea for Botanic Garden 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!
The clean design of Wedgwood Crystal Infinity - with crisscross arches on a round bowl that flares at the top, round stem with wafer, and round foot - quietly complements a wide range of china and flatware! For the Wedgwood company, 2009 is a special year – the firm is celebrating its 250th anniversary. In 1759, Josiah Wedgwood established himself as an independent potter at the "Ivy House Works" in Burslem, England. During his career, he made many refinements in the production processes for porcelain dinnerware. Today, the Wedgwood company’s patterns sometimes feature shell designs. Wedgwood’s personal passion was conchology, the study of mollusk shells. He often was seen on the beaches of England, collecting specimens. Wedgwood used these organic shapes in many of the original designs and patterns for his tableware and figurines.
The name Waterford is most often associated with dazzling crystal, whether the items are glassware, Christmas ornaments, or gift items. But 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. Waterford dates back to the Flint Glass Works, founded in 1783 on the quay in the port town of Waterford, Ireland. When a Waterford crystal service was presented to the wife of King George III, she was so proud of it that she had it displayed in Cheltenham castle. Today “Waterford” is synonymous with fine crystal, and is found in households around the world.
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