Inspired by eighteenth-century Venetian porcelain, Ceralene Guirlandes is a gorgeous pattern richly decorated with hued floral garlands interspersed with dark green trim. The center design is a cheerful bouquet surrounded by sprigs of foliage. Ceralene is produced by Raynaud, a manufacturer known and recognized as being a leader in applied art in tableware design. Raynaud was established in Limoges, France, a city 200 miles southeast of Paris, world-renowned for its artistry in fine porcelain. According to the Raynaud website, “Raynaud has upheld its custom of producing resplendent relief shapes, gilt decorations and engraved tableware whose signature hallmarks have transcended generations.” The Guirlandes pattern is a wonderful example of Raynaud’s dedication to superior quality and design.
Seneca Cut 870 is an alluring blown glass pattern featuring a concave bowl that flares at the top, an intricate polished and gray cut bowl design with floral and garland elements, a multisided stem, and a round foot with a cut design. The Seneca Glass Company opened in Seneca County, OH, in 1891, using immigrant glassworkers from Germany’s Black Forest region. The company soon relocated to Fostoria, OH, in a former plant of the Fostoria Glass Company. In 1896, the Seneca Glass Company again changed locations – moving to Morgantown, WV, where newly discovered natural gas deposits provided ample and relatively cheap fuel for firing, and river and railroad transportation were available to move the company’s wares. Diversity of products, the use of various decorative techniques in a variety of colors enabled Seneca Glass Company to find success in a highly competitive market. Depression-era production included clear glass, cobalt blue, and light green, topaz, and additional colors, according to authors Bob Page and Dale Frederiksen in their book, “Seneca Glass Company 1891-1983: A Stemware Identification Guide.” Production of glassware in a wide spectrum of colors would become one of Seneca’s trademarks in the 1970s. Hues included “Accent Red” (ruby), “Amber,” “Buttercup” (yellow), “Cinnamon” (brown), “Delphine Blue” (light blue), “Ritz Blue” (cobalt), “Sahara” (light amber), “Gray” (smoky), “Moss Green” (dark green), “Lime Green,” “Peacock Blue,” “Black,” and “Plum” (amethyst). Seneca also holds the distinction of being the last American-made lead crystal stemware to be sold by Tiffany & Company.
Christofle (France) Brienne is a stylish sterling pattern that features an elegant floral and garland motif, and a glossy finish. Christofle began production of Brienne in 1991, and the understated design and floral motif showcased in this pattern are excellent complements to the Guirlandes and Cut 870 designs. Christofle was founded in France in 1830 by jeweler Charles Christofle. After purchasing a patent for an electroplating technique in 1842, Christofle opened a large factory that was one of the first factories in the world to use electricity. By 1855, the quality of Christofle’s products had garnered such acclaim that Emperor Napoleon III appointed Charles Christofle official purveyor to the French court. Christofle literature states, “Christofle has always seen its name associated with major creative trends, renowned artists such as Man Ray or Jean Cocteau, avant-garde architects such as Gio Ponti, and modernist silversmiths such as Lino Sabattini and Christian Fjerdingstad, as well as present-day designers such as Andree Putman, Martin Szekely or Ora ito. Today, as in the past, whether gracing the tables of emperors, princes, or maharajas, in palaces on board the Trans-Siberian Railway, Orient Express, or transatlantic ocean liners … Christofle continues to make an impression.”
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