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A Gift for the Marquise


Chinese artists were commissioned by the King of France to create Vieux Chine (Empire, White) by Ceralene as a special gift for the Marquise de Pompadour. The design features magnificent stylized poppies and other flowers, and, if you look closely, crowns, fish, and nightingales. The rim is trimmed with gold. Made by Raynaud for Ceralene, Vieux Chine (Empire, White) is exquisite Limoges porcelain, acclaimed worldwide for its beauty and quality. Founded in 1849 on Monjovis, the hillside site of 11 other porcelain makers, the Raynaud company became famous during the reign of Napoleon III for the technical complexity of its manufacturing process and the depth and harmony of colors the company was able to achieve. Vieux Chine (Empire, White) is a brilliant tribute to the Raynaud and Ceralene tradition of excellence.

With a straight-sided bowl flaring at the top, straight optic designs in the side, vertical cuts at the bottom of the bowl, a multi-sided stem with notched edges, round foot with starburst cuts, and gold trim, St Louis Apollo Gold is cleanly designed crystal that glitters with light. While its shape is light, this crystal has real heft. And you’ll love its “Old World” charm! Its maker, St Louis, is acclaimed as the oldest “cristallerie” in France – the firm was founded in 1586 in the Lorrain region, renowned worldwide for the magnificent quality of its crystal. In Lorrain is the town of Baccarat, home to a crystal museum and one of the most famous crystal makers in the world. This rich tradition comes to dazzling life in the beauty of St Louis Apollo Gold crystal!

The lavishly ornate design of Reed & Barton Les Six Fleurs (Six Flowers) sterling incorporates the flowers individually featured in a Reed & Barton multi-motif sister pattern, Les Cinq Fleurs, into one design. Included are the fleur-de-lis, orchid, poppy, wild rose, and peony. Released in 1901, Les Six Fleurs shows the strong influence of Art Nouveau, where artistic, organic shapes were applied to household items. This beautiful pattern was crafted by Reed & Barton of Taunton, MA, a company tracing its origins to a jewelry store founded by Isaac Babbitt in 1822. With new owners, the company began to use the “Reed & Barton” stamp on its silverware in the 1840s. Les Six Fleurs demonstrates the innovative design and premium quality Reed & Barton customers have enjoyed for nearly two centuries.

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