Chelsea Garden by Spode is a gorgeous bone china pattern produced from 1952 to 1988. Chelsea Garden has a rimmed, scalloped design adorned with beautiful, asymmetrical floral sprays and a warm mustard-colored trim. Spode founder Josiah Spode opened the doors of his porcelain factory in 1780. Under his guidance, the factory introduced two important breakthroughs in the development of English ceramics. Using bone ash, Spode was the first English china maker to achieve higher firing temperatures, resulting in beautifully detailed, longer-lasting china. The company’s second important achievement was perfecting "underglaze" decorating. Intricate designs could be applied to china that would last for decades and were much more resistant to chipping, scratching, or fading, at prices affordable to England’s burgeoning middle class.
Featuring a knobbed, multi-sided stem, convex cut bowl, and round foot, the stunning design of Royal Leerdam Starlight crystal beautifully complements the more intricate Chelsea Garden china and La Reine sterling patterns. Royal Leerdam was founded as a bottle factory in 1765 in the Dutch city of Leerdam. In 1878, the company expanded to facilitate the production of pressed and blown glass. In 1915, a team of architects and designers that included K. P. C. de Bazel, Cornelis de Lorm, and Andries Dirk Copier was commissioned to design Royal Leerdam glassware. Gilde glass, a line designed by Copier, featured an understated elegance that has made it one of the most popular Royal Leerdam patterns to date. After World War II, Royal Leerdam continued to produce distinctive and stylish patterns under the leadership of chief designer Floris Meydam, who worked at Leerdam from 1944 to 1986. Royal Leerdam is currently part of the American glassware company, Libbey, Inc., and its products continue to be highly sought by collectors worldwide.
Wallace Silver’s La Reine is a classic sterling pattern, produced from 1921 to 1996. Showcasing a scalloped tip, a beveled, scroll edge design, a floral rose motif, and a glossy finish, La Reine is a superb pattern that resonates with skill and pride in craft. 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. La Reine is just one of many examples of Wallace Silver’s high-quality work.
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