Our Featured Patterns this week are Design 1900 china by Villeroy & Boch, Candlelight crystal by Cambridge, and Love Disarmed sterling silver by Reed and Barton. They’ll set a table to delight the heart of any Art Nouveau lover!
Although it’s a modern pattern produced by German manufacturer Villeroy & Boch between 1980 and 1990, Design 1900 is inspired by the stylish and distinctive designs of Edwardian-era Art Nouveau. Art Nouveau, a French term that means “New Art,” was an international movement in art and architecture that grew in popularity from the 1880s through the early 20th century. Curved, undulating lines and organic motifs, such as plants and flowers, characterized the Art Nouveau style, which was especially popular in the applied arts. Design 1900 china features female figures jauntily dressed in a variety of high-fashion gowns and dresses, with lush curves and colors, exotic birds, and a design border of stylized wisteria. Notations in French describe the fashions. In business for more than 250 years, Villeroy & Boch has always been recognized for quality and innovation in manufacture and design.
Cambridge Candlelight is an elegant crystal pattern with a concave bowl that flares at the top. The bowl features an etched design of filigree and scroll with garland swaths. The glass has a ribbed, wafer stem and round foot. In candlelight, the etched filigree pattern glows beautifully. Like Design 1900, Candlelight bears the strong influence of the Art Nouveau movement. An American company chartered in Ohio in 1873, Cambridge produced many heavy, pressed-glass patterns early in its history, but went on to produce light and elegant crystal pieces as well. Candlelight was produced from 1934 to 1954.
The sterling silver pattern Love Disarmed by Reed and Barton was first released in 1899, at the very apex of the Art Nouveau movement. The scalloped shaped, asymmetrical design features the voluptuous figure of the goddess of love, Venus, and her son, Cupid. Typical of Art Nouveau, the background to the figures on these magnificent sterling silver pieces is lush with blossoms, leaves, and vines. Our estate pieces of Love Disarmed were produced between 1899 and 1928. A second release of the pattern, also in our inventory, was produced around 1970.
If you want to set a table with gorgeous Art Nouveau-influenced patterns that you’ll not find mass marketed in the home chain stores, these patterns are excellent choices! You might even want to make a real party of it by forgetting about the healthy menus for an evening and cooking some hearty Edwardian fare from an old cookbook. It will be an evening your guests will not forget!
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