As lovely and serene as its name, Lenox Butterfly Meadow is scallop-shaped, with an embossed edge. This multi-motif pattern features a variety of flowers and flying insects – the dinner plate featured here is called “Dragonfly,” and includes a magnificent summer rose. Butterfly Meadow has been in production for more than a decade. The Lenox Ceramic Pottery Company was founded in 1889 by Walter Scott Lenox in Trenton, NJ, the “Staffordshire of America” of its time. By 1897, examples of Lenox’s work were displayed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. In 1918 President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson commissioned a set of Lenox for the White House, making it the first American china to grace a president’s table.
Our featured crystal, like the china, is also from the Lenox Butterfly Meadow pattern. Floral stems and insect designs are hand-painted in bright colors on the glasses. You can see how beautifully the crystal and china complement each other! The founder of Lenox, Walter Scott Lenox, was named for the nineteenth-century Scottish writer, Sir Walter Scott. Mr. Lenox was a gifted artist, and had studied with master potters since his youth. Lenox first organized his company as an art studio, producing one-of-a-kind pieces for a select market. His vision created the foundation for a company that has since grown to embrace the entire tableware world, including not only china, but crystal, silver, and of course collectibles and giftware as well.
Gorham Silver Blossom (Stainless) is a gorgeous flatware pattern with a delicate floral design that perfectly complements the featured Lenox Butterfly Meadow china and crystal patterns. Gorham has earned a reputation as one of the pre-eminent design companies in silver tableware. The White House has used Gorham silver services during several administrations; Mary Todd Lincoln purchased an impressive tea and flatware service for use in the White House, and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant asked Gorham to commemorate the United States’ centennial anniversary with a spectacular Century Vase that contained over 2,000 ounces of sterling silver. Gorham’s reputation for excellence endures today, and their well-earned design pedigree is easily recognized in the gorgeous Blossom (Stainless) pattern.
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