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July 08, 2015

Set a Gorgeous Summer Table!

Kutani Crane by Wedgwood is a high-quality bone china pattern featuring two cranes nestled amongst bamboo and floral details at the center of the plate, exquisite floral groupings on the rim, and geometric and floral designs on the outside rim. The pastel colors of this pattern look fantastic on a wide variety of tablescapes! The word "kutani" means "nine valleys," and pays tribute to pottery of the Kaga province of Japan, a mountainous region where "Old Kutani" porcelain was produced four centuries ago. In many Asian cultures, the crane is associated with longevity, good fortune, and prosperity, making Kutani Crane a pattern highly sought after for its elegance and meaningful symbolism.

A knobbed, multi-sided stem and a concave bowl that flares at the top enhance the criss-cross, fan, and floral cuts of Royal Doulton Wellesley-Clear crystal. The pattern beautifully represents the production excellence for which Royal Doulton has become world renowned. Founded as Doulton and Watts in Lambeth, England, in 1815, the company produced both household and industrial 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.)

Equestrian Braid by Ralph Lauren is a fabulous stainless steel flatware pattern that features a woven geometric handle design and a glossy finish. The distinctive braided look of this pattern is the perfect complement to the alluring Kutani Crane china and stylish Wellesley-Clear glassware featured here. True to form, Ralph Lauren relied on understated elements and simple lines in creating Equestrian Braid, but the total look in terms of design sophistication for a stainless pattern is amazing. Lauren has achieved tremendous success relying on a formula that combines balance and complexity with classic patterns and shapes - elements all present in the Equestrian Braid flatware pattern.

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