The elegant Dioranoir by Ceralene features exotic floral designs in rich hues against a striking black background. Produced by Raynaud, Ceralene is “continental” china, the hardest of three main types of china produced today. Fired at nearly 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, Ceralene’s thin body is perfectly white and translucent (before decoration) with a fine clear ring when tapped. Raynaud, a manufacturer known and recognized since 1894 as a leader in applied art in tableware design, was established in Limoges, France, a city renowned for its artistry in fine porcelain. According to Ceralene company literature, Ceralene china “... is different from any other Limoges marketed today in both quality and styling. Many patterns are exact reproductions or adaptations of museum pieces of the 18th century. They constitute a truly distinctive china in the best French table tradition.” Our featured Dioranoir pattern is a wonderful example of Ceralene’s dedication to artistry and quality in applied ceramic arts.
While the company is best known for its ceramics, Villeroy & Boch introduced spectacular lines of flatware and crystal in the twentieth century. Miss Desiree is a showcase glassware pattern released in 1999. Its stylish cuts are accented by the crystal’s sturdy shape and multisided, knobbed stem. The bold shape of this glassware is a fantastic complement to the more intricate and flowing designs of Dioranoir china and Chrysanthemum silver. Founded near Luxembourg in 1748, the longevity of Villeroy & Boch is not the only rare characteristic of the company in a modern corporate world. Surviving the ravages and devastation of World War I and the World War II, Villeroy & Boch remains a family owned business; the eighth generation of the founders actively creates and produces tableware designs. Villeroy & Boch is the world’s largest producer of ceramics. Its wares include egg cups, bathtubs, the tiles in New York City’s Holland Tunnel, and table settings for the Vatican in Rome.
Tiffany & Co.’s Chrysanthemum sterling silver pattern is one of the most magnificent and celebrated designs of the nineteenth century. Originally called “Indian Chrysanthemum,” this pattern was designed by Charles Grosjean and released in 1880. The pattern was discontinued in 1934, but, due to popular demand, Tiffany & Co. reintroduced the pattern and offered it until 1955. For more than 150 years, Tiffany & Co. has represented the pinnacle of American affluence, artistry, and luxury. In 1837, Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young began selling luxury goods in their New York City emporium. As New York grew into a large metropolis, the demand for Tiffany’s opulent merchandise began to increase. In 1848, Tiffany began producing sterling flatware patterns, and their 925/1000 sterling purity standard eventually became the U.S. sterling silver standard. During the economic boom that followed the Civil War, Tiffany & Co. met the increased demand for high-end items, including tea services, art, and jewelry. Tiffany’s sterling patterns like Audubon, English King, Shell and Thread, and Faneuil are regarded as some of the finest in the world. Today, Tiffany & Co. remains a leading maker of jewelry, china, crystal, silver, and glassware.
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