Colorful and whimsical, Jardin D’Alsace Village by Villeroy & Boch is a charming multi-motif pattern featuring various scenes and inhabitants (many of them feathered) that you would expect to encounter in a rustic village in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France and Germany. Replacements, Ltd. has two popular variations of the design on file, Jardin D’Alsace Auberge and Jardin D’Alsace Fleur . Germany’s Villeroy & Boch was founded in 1748. Its longevity is not its only rare characteristic in today’s corporate world. Despite the ravages of World War I and the Second World War, Villeroy & Boch remains a family owned company; 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, bath tubs, the tiles in New York City’s Holland Tunnel, and table settings for the Vatican.
Featuring dynamic polished cuts on an elegantly shaped bowl, a multi-sided stem with edges that continue onto the round foot, Noritake Crystal Vendome dances with light! The Vendome pattern offers not only stemware, but also candlesticks, vases, and centerpieces. Noritake produces many crystal patterns designed to complement Noritake dinnerware. The company’s crystal and glassware collection includes handmade, mouth-blown, and machine-made stems. After World War II, Noritake concentrated on the tastes of the burgeoning U.S. market, a market enhanced by the many servicemen who had returned home from duty in Japan, where they had purchased china sets as souvenirs. Vendome is one of many Noritake Crystal patterns that have enjoyed success in the U.S. market. In the highly competitive tableware industry, there are many companies that would enjoy emulating Noritake’s success!
“Less is more,” Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the masters of Modern architectural design, famously remarked, and Kirk Stieff Winslow sterling silver, anything but a modern pattern, proves van der Rohe’s adage, nonetheless. Winslow sterling’s clean geometric design remained in production at Kirk Stieff Silver for an astonishing 158 years (1850-2008)! Kirk Stieff Silver represents the culmination of two great Baltimore, MD, traditions. Charles Stieff founded Stieff Silver in 1892; Samuel Kirk founded his firm much earlier, in 1815 (Kirk’s firm is acknowledged as the oldest silversmith company in America). The companies were combined in 1979. From their inception, both were recognized for innovative design and master craftsmanship. Just before World War II, Stieff began to produce silver for Colonial Williamsburg that replicated American Colonial pieces.
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