Wedgwood Williamsburg Potpourri is scallop-shaped china featuring an asymmetrical topiary design at the center of the plate (accented with a bird and butterfly), flower sprays on the rim, and an embossed edge. Produced in the Queen’s Ware line between 1956 and 1998, Williamsburg Potpourri is a spectacular Wedgwood pattern! Its subtle pastel colors complement a variety of linens and centerpieces, and its scalloped shape fits beautifully with a wide range of crystal and silver. In 2009 the Wedgwood company celebrated its 250th anniversary. Founder Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795) collected and studied mollusk shells, often using their organic shapes in the design and decoration of his dinnerware. His knee joints were so painful from a childhood disease that he could not operate the potter’s wheel when he learned his trade, and so he concentrated on china design. In spite of the debilitation, Wedgwood was often seen walking the beaches of England, collecting shells.
Gorham Silver Old French (Sterling)
Sweet Swirl-Peach is splendid crystal made by one of the best-known manufacturers in the world, Noritake. An asymmetrical design, Sweet Swirl-Peach features lovely depth and movement in its shape, with swirling panels in the side of the bowl and even more dynamic swirls in the stem. This was an important crystal design for Noritake – Replacements, Ltd. has 15 different colors and 1 clear variation of the pattern on file! Noritake produces many crystal patterns designed to complement its dinnerware. The company’s crystal and glassware collection includes handmade, mouth-blown, and machine-made stems. In 1948 (supplies had been cut off during World War II), Noritake ware again became available in the U.S., much of it created specifically with the American consumer in mind. For Noritake collectors there are many historical ambiguities surrounding the company; destruction of company records during the war years means that some questions will never be answered.
is remarkably modern-looking in design, although the pattern was produced in 1905! The balance in proportions and shape represents the very apex of great design, where each element enhances the effect of the whole. As would be expected of an older pattern,
Old French (Sterling)
offers an array of unusual place and serving pieces, including beautiful gold wash orange/fruit spoons, oyster forks, tomato servers, and much more. This elegant pattern was produced by a legendary American company. Its founder, Jabez Gorham, was born into a family of eight and apprenticed to 18th century New England silver patriarch Nehemiah Dodge at a very early age. After his apprenticeship, Gorham founded his own company in 1831 in a shop on Steeple Street in Providence, RI. He quickly established a reputation for creating distinctive hand-crafted silver of the highest quality. Gorham Silver’s reputation for excellence endures today.
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