Moss Rose by Rosenthal/Continental is rimmed, scallop-shaped (Pompadour) ivory china with asymmetrical sprays of roses scattered on the center and rim which spill onto the verge (the verge is the area where the plate merges with the rim), and an embossed edge with gold trim. Phillip Rosenthal began his business in 1884 by purchasing white ware and applying designs handpainted by his wife Maria, then selling them door to door. In 1891, he established a factory in Asch, Bohemia and began production of white ware for use in his workshop. From 1897 to 1936, Rosenthal acquired several factories in Germany, and the popularity of patterns like Moss Rose helped the business grow rapidly; by WWII, Rosenthal employed over 5,000 people. When WWII ended, Rosenthal’s son, Phillip, returned to Germany where he modernized out of date factories and reestablished lost markets. Phillip quickly rebuilt the business by reaching new customers interested in the modern shapes and artistry of his dinnerware. To this day, Rosenthal continues to work with leaders in fashion and design to create unique and striking tabletop designs.
Rosenthal Crystal Moss Rose is a blown glass design, with a concave bowl, a flared top, a knobbed, cut stem, and a round foot. With a larger embossed gray cut of the Moss Rose pattern and smaller embossed rose sprays around the bowl, this crystal works perfectly with the Moss Rose china. While the rose is native to Asia, where the earliest china was produced, it was not often seen in early tableware designs in China or Japan. The flower has a long history as a symbol – the Greeks identified the flower with their goddess of love, Aphrodite, as did the Romans with Venus. The rose grew in popularity in the nineteenth century, when varieties of perpetual blooming roses were brought from Asia to Europe and England. This botanical development, combined with advances in the production of tableware in England, led to an influx of rose-patterned china available to the rapidly growing English middle class, and roses have been a popular tableware motif ever since.
Gorham Silver La Scala is a gorgeous sterling pattern with an elaborate, intricate rose-motif design that features a scalloped tip with a floral and scroll edge, a pierced handle, and a glossy finish. La Scala perfectly complements the relative simplicity of Rosenthal’s Moss Rose crystal and china patterns. For more than 150 years, Gorham Silver has been known as one of the preeminent silver companies in the world, its pieces valued for their quality, timeless style, and craftsmanship. Gorham silversmiths have developed a reputation as uncompromising artists, and have gained fame for producing a multitude of exquisite patterns, including Chantilly , Strasbourg , Buttercup , Fairfax , Melrose , La Scala , and hundreds more. Chantilly, the world's best-selling flatware pattern, helped Gorham become a household name. More recently, Gorham has expanded its product range to also include fine china and crystal.
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