Royal Crown Derby Old Imari is English fine bone china, lavishly decorated in blue, red, and gold floral and geometric designs. Long distinguished for its high-quality creations, Royal Crown Derby was founded in the town of Derby prior to 1750 by a French Huguenot who emigrated to England to escape religious persecution and a wealthy British businessman. ?Imari? patterns were popularized by English china makers in the 19th century. The patterns and colors imitated porcelain pieces first produced during the Edo period (1603-1868) on the island of Kyushu, Japan. The porcelain was designed specifically for export to the European markets, and the port used was the town of Imari. This region of Japan was home to ?The Village of the Secret Kilns,? where much of the Imari porcelain originated. British manufacturers enjoyed tremendous success when they released their versions of the old Imari patterns in their home market.
Baccarat St. Remy crystal features a convex bowl that curves inward at the rim. The design is beautifully balanced with no cuts in the crystal whatsoever. The magnificent shape and clean design of St. Remy are wonderfully complementary to the highly ornate design of the Royal Crown Derby Old Imari bone china. In 1764 King Louis XV of France granted the Bishop Montmorency-Laval of Metz rights to build a glassworks in the town of Baccarat. By the 1830s the company was producing crystal glassware, candelabras, and banisters for palaces and manor houses in England and across Europe – even crystal hookahs for Constantinople! By the end of the 19th century, Baccarat crystal was known throughout the world. In 1885 orders poured in from India, the United States, England, Mexico, and Brazil. Baccarat crystal has graced the tables of King Louis XVIII, King Charles X, Emperor Napoleon III, and many French presidents.
A beveled outline and flat handle with scalloped tip distinguish the classic lines of the Fairfax sterling pattern by Gorham Silver. Introduced in 1950, Fairfax is substantial and versatile, and is one of the most sought-after sterling patterns we carry at Replacements, Ltd. Like the simple balance of the St. Remy crystal, Fairfax sterling is a lovely complement to Old Imari. Gorham Silver was founded by Jabez Gorham in 1831 in a shop on Steeple Street in Providence, RI. Born into a family of eight, Gorham had been apprenticed to 18th century New England silver patriarch Nehemiah Dodge at an early age. After founding his own company, Gorham quickly established a reputation for hand-crafted silver of the highest quality. Gorham Silver produced flatware for the White House of Mary Todd Lincoln, a silver vase for Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, and Gorham Chantilly was used aboard Air Force One during the presidency of George H. W. Bush.
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