April 16, 2015

Multi-motif Designs, a Profusion of Flowers

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As lovely and serene as its name, Lenox Butterfly Meadow is scallop-shaped, with an embossed edge.  This multi-motif pattern has been in production for over a decade, and features a variety of flowers and flying insects - the dinner plate here is called "Dragonfly," and includes a magnificent summer rose. Founded in 1889 by Walter Scott Lenox in Trenton, NJ, the "Staffordshire of America" of its time, the Lenox Ceramic Pottery Company produced art-quality pieces.  By 1897 examples of Lenox's work were displayed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.  In 1918 President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson commissioned a set of Lenox for the White House, making it the first American china to grace a president's table.

Our featured crystal, like the china, is also from the Lenox Butterfly Meadow pattern.  Floral stems and insect designs are delicately etched into the bowls of the glasses.  The glass featured here is green - the colors pink, yellow, and blue are also available.  You can see how beautifully the crystal and china complement each other!  Producing its first china for an American president at the end of World War I, Lenox continued to produce patterns popular in U.S. households. Since the 1950s, about half the china set on dinner tables in this country has borne the Lenox backstamp.  Responding to consumer demand, Lenox introduced a line of hand-blown crystal to complement its china in 1966.  In 1991, again responding to consumers, Lenox began to produce silver flatware, making it the first company in America to offer the complete tabletop.

Elegant French Floral stainless by Reed & Barton features an embossed floral design, and, like Butterfly Meadow, it is a multi-motif pattern, with different flowers depicted on individual pieces.  The combination of these china, crystal, and stainless designs would make for a most delightful garden patio brunch!  Over the years silver maker Reed & Barton has produced magnificent multi-motif floral patterns in sterling.  Among the best-known is Les Cinq Fleurs (Five Flowers), with individual pieces featuring the fleur-de-lis, orchid, poppy, wild rose, and peony.  French Floral stainless is a design heir to this tradition.  Reed & Barton of Taunton, MA, traces its origins to a jewelry store founded by Isaac Babbitt in 1822. When ownership of the original firm changed, the company began to use the "Reed & Barton" stamp on its silverware in the 1840s. French Floral stainless demonstrates the innovative design and premium quality Reed & Barton customers have enjoyed for nearly two centuries.

April 14, 2015

Superlative French Tableware Design

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The exquisite Kouan Ti-Celadon pattern by Ceralene is adorned with a variety of exotic floral and tree designs in blue, green, red, and yellow hues, with gold accents gracefully incorporated into the design. Produced by Raynaud, Ceralene is "continental" china, the hardest of three primary types of china produced today. Fired at nearly 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, Ceralene's thin body is perfectly white and translucent (before decoration) with a fine, clear "ring" when tapped. Raynaud, a manufacturer known and recognized since 1894 as a leader in applied art in tableware design, was established in Limoges, France, a city renowned for its artistry in fine porcelain. According to Ceralene company literature, Ceralene china "... is different from any other Limoges marketed today in both quality and styling. Many patterns are exact reproductions or adaptations of museum pieces of the 18th century. They constitute a truly distinctive china in the best French table tradition." The featured Kouan Ti-Celadon pattern is a wonderful example of Ceralene's dedication to artistry and quality in applied ceramic arts.

Baccarat Manon crystal features a clean, streamlined shape with gold trim on the bowl and foot. With its round foot and notched stem, Manon is a magnificent example of European crystal making with strong Modern influence! 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 nineteenth 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.

Percier by Puiforcat Silver features a glossy finish and a narrow waist that broadens into an ornate handle adorned with geometric designs and a delicate plume at the tip. With its graceful design, Percier sterling flatware serves as an ideal complement to the more opulent Kouan Ti-Celadon china and Manon crystal. French silversmith Jean Puiforcat is widely considered to be one of the foremost silver designers of the twentieth century. Descended from generations of silversmiths, Puiforcat entered the family business in 1920. Puiforcat's early works drew inspiration from early nineteenth-century English silver designs and incorporated natural elements, keeping with the art nouveau style popular at the time. As Puiforcat's career progressed, however, his pieces began exhibiting less ornamentation, and moved toward a more streamlined, Art Deco aesthetic. It was around this time that Puiforcat began to develop a profound interest in mathematics. In a 1927 article, Puiforcat stated, "The weakness of certain of my pieces, that I am the first to recognize, comes from my incomplete education in numbers. My evolution follows my studies in geometry, in trigonometry." Puiforcat's fascination with mathematics influenced many of his silver designs; he was especially interested in employing the golden ratio to guide the proportions of his works. Although Puiforcat employed precise calculations in his pieces, he did so while maintaining a warm, sensual aesthetic. His legacy is one of a silversmith who created functional silver that continues to provide a "poetic sense to geometry."

April 09, 2015

Tiffin/Franciscan Wistaria Giftware

It's easy to admire the craftsmanship that went into making this gorgeous float bowl (reference #6260) and a distinctive cornucopia vase (reference #6041) in the Wistaria pattern by Tiffin/Franciscan. The unique "Wistaria" color was developed around 1948 by Tiffin's Ellsworth Beebe. Beebe worked with chemists from India to create the formula, which he committed to memory. When Beebe died in 1963, Tiffin was never able to replicate the subtle and exquisite color! The crystal was marketed in conjunction with the appearance of actress Helen Hayes in a Broadway play entitled, "The Wisteria Trees" (the alternate spelling for "Wistaria" crystal was by design.) This beautiful crystal is highly sought-after by collectors. Tiffin produced a variety of stemware pieces in the Wistaria pattern, including cordials, oyster cocktail glasses, parfaits, wine glasses, and more, along with around 100 different Wistaria giftware pieces.

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This classic American crystal was crafted by Tiffin/Franciscan, a firm whose roots can be traced back to 1888, when the A.J. Beatty & Sons Glass Factory in Steubenville, Ohio, near Pittsburgh, announced that it would be moving its facilities across the state to Tiffin, Ohio. At the time, Beatty & Sons was the largest manufacturer of pressed glass in the world. The move was prompted by the availability of abundant natural gas in the area that could be used as fuel for firing, an offer of free land by the city, and a $35,000 cash incentive. The new plant began production in 1889. Just three years later, A.J. Beatty & Sons merged into the United States Glass Company.

USGC was the combination of as many as 18 independent glass companies operating in Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. From its company headquarters in Pittsburgh, USGC sought to strengthen its operations in the face of serious labor unrest, competition from manufacturers abroad, and an increasing dependence on natural gas rather than coal as the chief fuel for manufacturing. As time passed, some of the original USGC operating plants passed out of existence, and others were added. In the 1920s and 1930s, USGC added decorating shops and sales offices throughout the United States, and overseas sales offices in Mexico, Cuba, Australia, and England. In spite of these developments, USGC continued to suffer operating losses. By 1938, in an effort to consolidate, USGC moved its general offices from Pittsburgh to Tiffin.

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Under the USGC umbrella, the Tiffin operation was designated "Factory R," and produced mostly barware and tumblers. In 1893, only two years after the USGC merger, Factory R was destroyed by fire. Following the fire, citizens of Tiffin offered two additional years of free natural gas as an incentive for the company to remain in the city. The strategy worked, and the plant was rebuilt. According to Bob Page and Dale Frederiksen in their book, "Tiffin Is Forever: A Stemware Identification Guide," Tiffin's production had expanded to include cut glass designs and lighter weight stemware by the early 1900s. Tiffin's product line continued to expand during the 1910s and 1920s to include blown, cut, and etched dinnerware and stemware patterns in clear and colored crystal. These handmade pieces included cake plates, cracker sets, jugs, candy jars, and many more distinctive piece types. Tiffin's "Flanders" line, which was produced between 1914 and 1935, included over 70 different pieces. In 1937, responding to ongoing financial difficulties, USGC management discontinued manufacturing its less expensive glassware and concentrated on the production of high-quality stemware and designer pieces (like the cornucopia vase and float bowl featured here). Tiffin excelled in this designer arena, having always been known for quality production, and Tiffin glass began to be promoted as "America's Prestige Crystal."

C. W. Carlson, Sr. became president of USGC in 1938. Under his charismatic leadership, and that of his son, C. W. Carlson, Jr., the company introduced a variety of new shapes and new colors. The company also introduced the stylish "Swedish Line" of hand-blown glassware. In spite of these successful innovations, the Tiffin plant was the only USGC operation remaining in 1951. By 1963, the company had gone into bankruptcy. A year later, C.W. Carlson, Jr. and several other Tiffin employees (including Ellsworth Beebe) started the Tiffin Art Glass firm, reviving the company's tradition of quality stemware. Just two years later, Tiffin Art Glass was acquired by the Continental Can Company and was officially renamed the "Tiffin Glass Company." When Tiffin became a division of the Interpace Corporation in 1968, "Franciscan" stemware lines like Madeira, Jubilation, Cabaret and others were introduced in a variety of colors to coordinate with Franciscan dinnerware patterns.

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In 1979, Leonard Silver Manufacturing Company, a division of Towle Silver, purchased the glassworks. Tiffin Glass Company remained in that company's hands until closing its doors in 1984.

April 07, 2015

Cambridge "Gyro Optic" Keyhole Vase

Featured here is a gorgeous Gyro Optic vase in the Moonlight Blue color by Cambridge. The "keyhole" stem of this vase is a distinctive Cambridge design element that was applied to a variety of the company's glassware items, from candlesticks to relish trays. The keyhole design was commonly incorporated into the stems of different pieces, but it was also used to create knobs and handles as well. This unique keyhole element first began appearing on Cambridge glassware in the late 1920s, and remained a common design motif until the company's closing in 1958. Some of the most popular items to use the keyhole design were vases, like the one featured here. Glassware items showcasing this iconic keyhole design remain very popular with Cambridge collectors.

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The Cambridge Glass Company was founded in 1873 in the town of Cambridge, Ohio. Most of the company's early designs were heavy, pressed-glass patterns - many designed by Arthur J. Bennett, an English native who was hired to manage the new Cambridge factory. In addition to designing many of the company's early patterns, Bennett also designed the company's first backstamp, which read "Near Cut."

The company achieved steady growth during the early part of the 20th century, and during the 1920s, 30s, and 40s the company released its most successful shapes, colors, and designs. In 1931, the company debuted its very successful "Rose Point" etching, as well as the popular Nude Stems collection. Many of the company's most famous colors were developed during this period, including "Carmen," "Crown Tuscan," "Royal Blue," and "Heatherbloom".

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Soon after the end of the World War II, the company began to experience declining sales (fine crystal was in less demand during this time, as more Americans began to purchase cheap, imported glassware). Cambridge closed its doors in 1958, and the company's molds and equipment were acquired by Imperial Glass in 1960. While the Cambridge Glass Company is now closed, its legacy lives on in exquisite pieces like this keyhole vase.

April 03, 2015

Exquisite Artistry, Golden Accents

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The impressive Imperiale pattern by Ceralene is adorned with a variety of exquisite gold-encrusted designs. Produced by Raynaud, Ceralene is "continental" china, the hardest of three primary types of china produced today. Fired at nearly 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, Ceralene's thin body is perfectly white and translucent (before decoration) with a fine, clear "ring" when tapped. Raynaud, a manufacturer known and recognized since 1894 as a leader in applied art in tableware design, was established in Limoges, France, a city renowned for its artistry in fine porcelain. According to Ceralene company literature, Ceralene china "... is different from any other Limoges marketed today in both quality and styling. Many patterns are exact reproductions or adaptations of museum pieces of the 18th century. They constitute a truly distinctive china in the best French table tradition." The featured Imperiale pattern is a wonderful example of Ceralene's dedication to artistry and quality in applied ceramic arts.

St Louis Excellence is blown glass with a concave bowl and a flared top, a knobbed, multisided stem with a V notch shape, and round foot with a cut design. The water goblet in the Excellence pattern measures 10 1/4-inches tall, and its towering stature combines with an intricate crosshatched geometric design, multi-faceted polished cuts, and gold trim to make Excellence an extraordinary crystal pattern! Its maker, St Louis, is acclaimed as the oldest "cristallerie" in France - the firm was founded in 1586 in the Lorrain region, known world-wide 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 Excellence crystal.

Wallace Silver Grande Baroque sterling is a pierced design, scallop-shaped, with lavish scroll, bead, and garland features on the tip of the handle and the heel of the utensil. First produced in 1941, the design was created by master silversmith William S. Warren to celebrate the art of the Baroque period, when King Louis XIV of France called for art that was more ornate and grandiose than the art of the Renaissance. Louis believed this dramatic new style in art and architecture would impress foreign visitors with the triumphant power of France. In designing Grande Baroque, silversmith Warren drew upon his knowledge of Renaissance and Baroque art to create a true masterpiece in sterling. Wallace Silver, founded in Connecticut nearly 200 years ago, has long been recognized for excellence in tableware craftsmanship - Grande Baroque is one of the company's most-admired creations!

April 01, 2015

Traditional Tableware from Celebrated Firms

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Portmeirion Botanic Garden is rimmed, round china with a multi-motif floral design and brightly colored butterflies, bees, or dragonflies at the center. At the bottom of the design is the Latin botanical name and English common name. A verdant, geometrical leaf design is painted on the rim. The pattern offers a spectacular array of choices, not only in the floral designs, but also in the shapes and sizes of the china! Depicted here is the flowering vine, Clematis Florida, "Virgin's Bower." Portmeirion artist Susan Ellis-Williams came up with the multi-motif idea for Botanic Garden in 1972, when she was looking through rare books at an antiquarian shop. A volume of old, beautifully colored, meticulously drawn illustrations called out to her. The launch of Botanic Garden included 28 different flower types and was an immediate success!

The clean design of Wedgwood Crystal Infinity - with crisscross arches on a round bowl that flares at the top, round stem with wafer, and round foot - quietly complements the Botanic Garden china and Powerscourt flatware seen here. In 1759, Josiah Wedgwood established himself as an independent potter at the "Ivy House Works" in Burslem, England. During his career, he made many refinements in the production processes for porcelain dinnerware. Today, the Wedgwood company's patterns sometimes feature shell designs. Wedgwood's personal passion was conchology, the study of mollusk shells. He often was seen on the beaches of England, collecting specimens. Wedgwood used these organic shapes in many of the original designs and patterns for his tableware and figurines.

The name Waterford is most often associated with dazzling crystal, whether the items are glassware, Christmas ornaments, or gift items. But the company is also known for high-quality flatware. Powerscourt (Stainless) is glossy, high-quality 18/10 stainless steel flatware (18/10 represents the ratio of chromium and nickel used in the stainless steel, which adds luster and durability), with an elegant, geometric design on the edge and a fan/plume design at the tip. Waterford dates back to the Flint Glass Works, founded in 1783 on the quay in the port town of Waterford, Ireland. When a Waterford crystal service was presented to the wife of King George III, she was so proud of it that she had it displayed in Cheltenham castle. Today "Waterford" is synonymous with fine crystal, and is found in households around the world.

March 26, 2015

Impeccable Tableware Craftsmanship

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Antique-Emerald by Cris d'Arques/Durand is a beautiful pressed glass pattern featuring an exquisite design of arches and ornate, decorative cutting. The intricate and elegant design of Antique-Emerald perfectly complements the bowl design of the accompanying Wexford-Clear glassware and the linear handle design of Crescendo flatware. Antique-Emerald is produced by J.G. Durand, which is the world's largest manufacturer of lead crystal. Cris d'Arques is a Durand line made in the city of Arques, France. As a French company, J.G. Durand is known for exhibiting great national pride via the expression of the grand architectural and artistic heritage of France. For that reason, many Cris d'Arques patterns, like Tuilleries/Villandry and Versailles, are named after castles and chateaus throughout the country.

Produced for over 30 years, from 1967 to 1998, Anchor Hocking Wexford-Clear is clear pressed glass with crisscross cuts, a multisided stem, and round foot with a starburst cut design. The Hocking Glass Company was formed in 1905 in Lancaster, Ohio, and originally produced glass lamp chimneys. As the company expanded, production grew to include a variety of glassware, both plain and decorated, for commercial and home use. In 1928, Hocking Glass was the first company to produce automatic pressed tableware, and became one of the first companies to introduce lines of brightly-colored tableware. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Hocking Glass acquired other glass companies, including the Lancaster Glass Company, the Standard Glass Manufacturing Company, the General Glass Corporation, and many others, before itself being acquired by Anchor Cap Corporation in 1937. Expansion of the Anchor Hocking company continued as new factories were added in Pennsylvania and Texas and a number of other glass companies were acquired, each adding manufacturing innovations and a diverse collection of product lines to the company's portfolio. Today, Anchor Hocking remains a leader in the production of industrial and consumer products.

Reed & Barton's Crescendo is a gorgeous stainless pattern that features a chic ribbed design and a glossy finish. Crescendo 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. After changes in ownership, the company began to use the "Reed & Barton" stamp on its silver in the 1840s. One of Reed & Barton's best-known patterns is Francis I. Introduced in 1907, Francis I quickly became a favorite of nobility and presidents. No less than four U.S. presidents dined with Francis I - Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Gerald Ford. In more recent years, the company has also been recognized for its high-quality stainless steel patterns, like the Crescendo pattern featured here.

March 24, 2015

Superlative English and American Artistry

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Donovan Bird by Minton features an asymmetrical, exotic floral and bird design, elegantly accented by dazzling gold trim. The floral elements and design of Donovan Bird work beautifully with the graceful Marcella crystal and exquisite Chateau Rose patterns. Minton is one of England's oldest china makers. The company was founded in 1793 at Stoke-on-Trent, in the heart of England's Staffordshire china-producing region, by Thomas Minton, William Pownall, and Joseph Poulson. Along with the rise of the middle class in nineteenth-century industrial England - with greater attention to household finery and more discretionary income - came the rise of Minton. The company introduced patterns and manufacturing processes that made their high-quality china more attractive and affordable to the English middle class. They continue producing luxurious dinnerware and remain leaders in the market of tableware production and design. Replacements, Ltd. carries a number of Minton's patterns, including Haddon Hall (their most popular pattern), Bellemeade, Ancestral, and Jasmine.

Hawkes Marcella is lovely blown glass with a convex bowl, wafered stem, and round foot with a cut design. A graceful leaf and floral design is delicately rendered with polished cuts near the top of the bowl. The balance between design and size is wonderful! Marcella pieces are weighty, yet complemented by a design that is stately and light. The maker, T. G. Hawkes & Co., established in 1880 as The Hawkes Rich Cut Glass Works in Corning, NY, in its heyday epitomized the finest in cut glass production, creating more than 300 beautifully cut and engraved stemware patterns and other pieces. During its 82 years in business, T. G. Hawkes & Co. designed cut glass services for members of royalty and at least two U.S. Presidents. Hawkes pieces are highly prized by collectors.

Produced from 1940 to 1991, Chateau Rose by Alvin Silver is an exquisite pattern that features a scalloped tip, a glossy finish, and an elaborate floral design presented in crisp detail. With its elegant ornamentation, Chateau Rose is a gorgeous sterling pattern! Alvin Silver was founded in 1886 in New Jersey. One of their first successes was developing a process for depositing pure silver on metallic and non-metallic items like umbrella and cane handles. Another cutting-edge product line included glass items with silver inlays, a design technique subsequently referred to as "Alvin Ornamentation." The company's innovative products were so popular that Alvin had to expand within two years of its formation. In 1908, Alvin bought Simons Brothers and Peter Krider Company silver dies and molds, and also began making electroplated flatware. In 1928, Alvin was bought by Gorham Silver, but retained the Alvin Silver name. Alvin continued operating as a subsidiary of Gorham until Gorham stopped production of Alvin patterns in 1985. Today, Alvin Silver is best remembered for its Raphael, Bridal Rose, Viking, and Fleur de Lis patterns, and there is a continued interest in Alvin silver products among collectors.

March 19, 2015

Flowers for Spring

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A gently scalloped edge with green trim enhances the pink peony and blue and yellow floral designs of Royal Doulton Floradora Green.  The pattern beautifully represents the production excellence associated with the company. Founded as Doulton and Watts in Lambeth, England, in 1815, the company produced both industrial and household ceramics.  John Doulton’s sons, who had joined their father in the business, eventually formed companies of their own.  But turmoil in the British financial markets forced the businesses to dissolve.  In 1853 they reformed as Doulton and Co.  (In 1901, King Edward VII conferred a Royal Warrant upon Doulton and Co. to honor the company’s production of ceramic vessels that successfully filtered pollutants from the water of the Thames River, London’s primary source for drinking water.)

Rogaska Country Gardens crystal features exquisite floral designs and panels cut into the bowl, a multi-sided stem with ball and wafer elements, and starburst cuts on the round foot – this is a gorgeous pattern!  Rogaska was founded in 1665 in the mountains of Slovenia, a region long recognized for its glass making.  While Rogaska uses modern technologies and processes, the heart of the company’s production has been constant since the seventeenth century – the individual glassblower and glass cutter, devoted to the aesthetics of their work.  With generations of skilled artisans in its employ and world-class crystal designers creating new wares, Rogaska is admired in the crystal industry for unwavering quality and magnificent design.

Delicate scroll and floral designs accent the scallop-shaped handles of Irving, sterling produced by Wallace Silver in 1900. Typical of turn-of-the-century sterling, Irving includes blunt-shaped dinner knives with bolsters. Wallace Silver, established in Connecticut nearly two centuries ago, has long been recognized for excellence in tableware craftsmanship. The founder of the company, Robert Wallace, was born in 1815 into a family of silversmiths who had emigrated to New England from Scotland. Apprenticed to William Mix, a renowned Connecticut spoon maker, Wallace purchased a dilapidated grist mill after mastering his trade, and began to produce his own silver flatware in 1833. Irving is just one of many examples of Wallace Silver’s high-quality work.

March 17, 2015

Exquisite American & European Tableware Design

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Pembroke-Gold Trim by John Aynsley & Sons features a sprawling, brilliantly colored floral motif based on an Asian-inspired, 18th-century Aynsley design. Aynsley China is one of the most influential companies in the British tableware industry, producing iconic designs like Wild Tudor, Cottage Garden, and the Pembroke pattern featured here. The company was founded in 1775, when John Aynsley, chairman of a local coal mine in Stoke-on-Trent, England (and a passionate collector of pottery, tableware, and ornamental pieces), decided to open a pottery business. Using local Staffordshire clay and elaborate designs created from his own engravings, he founded a business that quickly prospered.  The firm was carried on by his son, James, but it was Aynsley's grandson, John II, who would take the company to great heights. John II changed the company's focus from producing pottery to making fine bone china. Using a special formula, Aynsley produced bone china that was exceptionally strong, translucent, and white in color. As the Aynsley reputation for creating fine china grew, Queen Victoria herself took notice.  She commissioned Aynsley to produce a set of ornate tableware for her personal use. Having a commission from Her Majesty enabled Aynsley to use the royal family seal in its logo, affirming the company's reputation, and its place in dinnerware history.

Triomphe is an alluring crystal pattern whose inspiration was drawn from the couture creations of the renowned designer Christian Dior. Christian Dior burst on the design scene in 1946, when he opened The House of Dior in Paris, France. Assisted by the financial backing of Marcel Boussac, Dior designed and introduced his first clothing collection in 1947. The line was appropriately titled "New Look" and featured rounded shoulders, a cinched waist, and full length skirts. In spite of the criticism surrounding his earliest work, demand for Dior designs grew quickly throughout the world. As Dior's popularity increased, he earned the title "The World's Dictator of Fashion." In 1953, Dior took Yves Saint Laurent as his protege.  Upon Dior's death in 1957, Yves Saint Laurent took over as head of the House of Dior. In a little more than a decade, Christian Dior became the most popular fashion designer of the 20th century, with designs gracing royalty and stars alike. Today, the House of Dior remains one of the most popular design houses in the world. Our featured crystal pattern this week, Triomphe, is a glorious example of tableware inspired by Christian Dior's design talent.

A scalloped tip and a delicate, graceful shape make up the beautiful design of Grand Colonial sterling, first produced by Wallace Silver in 1942. Wallace Silver, established in Connecticut nearly two centuries ago, has long been recognized for excellence in tableware craftsmanship. The founder of the company, Robert Wallace, was born in 1815 into a family of silversmiths who had emigrated to New England from Scotland. Apprenticed to William Mix, a renowned Connecticut spoon maker, Wallace purchased a dilapidated grist mill after mastering his trade, and began to produce his own silver flatware in 1833. Grand Colonial is just one of many examples of Wallace Silver's high-quality work.