Spode Woodland is a gorgeous multi-motif pattern that includes magnificently depicted illustrations of various woodland animals in pastoral scenes. A vivid, warm palette of autumn colors is used to create lifelike images of birds, deer, rabbits, bison, hunting dogs, and more (the featured Woodland dinner plate showcases two beautifully plumed pheasants). Perfectly balanced with layers of scrolls and geometric latticework, the floral border of each Woodland piece is a unique trim design that was borrowed from an earlier Spode pattern, originally produced in 1828! Spode founder Josiah Spode opened the doors of his porcelain factory in 1780. Under his guidance, the factory introduced two important breakthroughs in the development of English ceramics. Using bone ash, Spode was the first English china maker to achieve higher firing temperatures, resulting in impressively detailed, longer-lasting china. The company’s second important achievement was perfecting "underglaze" decorating. Intricate designs could be applied to china that would last for years without chipping, scratching, or fading, at prices affordable to England’s burgeoning middle class.
Featuring a dazzling variety of polished cuts, a multisided stem, and a starburst cut on a round foot, Clare crystal by Waterford is an exquisite pattern. With its elaborate, eye-catching design, Clare is an especially fine accompaniment to Woodland china and Burgundy flatware. Waterford Crystal dates back to the Flint Glass Works, founded in 1783 on the quay in the port town of Waterford when George and William Penrose opened the Flint Glass Works. In 1788, Waterford produced a glassware service as a gift to her Majesty, Charlotte Sophia, wife to King George III. The King and Queen were so charmed by the crystal service that they ordered the set to be displayed at Cheltenham castle. Today “Waterford” is synonymous with fine crystal, and is found in households around the world.
Exquisite Reed & Barton’s Burgundy features a scalloped tip, a superbly sculpted scroll, leaf, and flower design, and a glossy finish. This classic pattern, first produced in 1949, was immediately popular, and has understandably remained so since. Burgundy is emblematic of its maker, Reed & Barton of Taunton, MA, a company that traces its origins to a jewelry store founded by Isaac Babbitt in 1822. Now well into its second century of operation, Reed & Barton is a leader in finely crafted sterling silver and stainless steel. With the Reed & Barton Burgundy sterling pattern on your table, you’ll enjoy the alluring, unique design and high quality silver that customers have praised for nearly 200 years!
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