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 of each featured floral design. 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 Helleborus Niger, “Christmas Rose.” 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!
Featuring sparkling cuts on a v-shaped bowl and a multisided stem, Glandore crystal by Waterford is an exquisite pattern. With its elaborate, eye-catching design and leaf motif, Glandore is an especially fine accompaniment to the floral designs of Botanic Garden china and Waltz of Spring silver. 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. Today “Waterford” is synonymous with fine crystal, and is found in households around the world.
Wallace Silver’s Waltz of Spring is a delightful sterling pattern, produced from 1952 to 1996. Showcasing a graceful handle design with floral elements and a glossy finish, Waltz of Spring is an eye-catching and elegant pattern! 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 immigrated to New England from Scotland. Apprenticed to William Mix, a renowned Connecticut spoon maker, Wallace, after mastering his trade, purchased a dilapidated grist mill and began to produce his own silver flatware in 1833. Waltz of Spring is just one of many examples of Wallace Silver’s high-quality work.
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