Mottahedeh Canton is high-quality reproduction china of an early blue-and-white porcelain pattern from Asia. Mildred Mottahedeh, who founded Mottahedeh & Company in New York City with her husband, began collecting Asian porcelain, jade, and bronze in 1929. The couple’s collection came to hold more than 2,000 items, and was considered to be one of the finest collections in the world. Mottahedeh used pieces from her collection as models for exquisite porcelain reproductions of the original Chinese wares. Her company became one of the most prestigious porcelain manufacturers in the world, producing pieces for the Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. Mottahedeh monteiths (punch bowls), bearing the great seal of the United States, were presented as gifts to visiting heads of state by President Ronald Reagan.
Wedgwood Crystal Dynasty features polished, geometric dot and panel cuts on its flared, squarish bowl – the stem is multi-sided, with a round foot. Introduced by Wedgwood in 1981, Dynasty crystal was manufactured for 9 years. Its shape is classic! 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.
Take a look at the classical scroll and plume designs in Towle Queen Elizabeth I sterling, and you’ll understand why the pattern, introduced in 1970, is still in production. More than 5,000 individuals have registered their interest in Queen Elizabeth I with Replacements, Ltd., and Towle is one of our most popular silver makers. The company is founded on the craftsmanship and artistry of the Moulton family of England, who over six generations of silver making, raised their artisanship to a high art. A young man named Anthony Towle would join William Moulton IV as an apprentice. When Moulton retired, Towle and a partner, William Jones, bought the Moulton family stock and formed Towle & Jones in 1857. With such a long history and distinguished tradition, Towle's Queen Elizabeth I is a pattern that resonates with skill and pride in craft.
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