Porcelain – Why do we call Chinaware “Porcelain”? The word is French Porcelain – and literally means “like a pig.” The back of cowrie shells looks something like a pig’s back and so these little shells were named “little pig” shells. Chinese earthenware has a white glossy look like the inside of these shells-and so it to was given this name. -Dictionary of Word Origins, A History of Words, Expressions, and Clichés We Use, by Jordan Almond.
J. Chew Porcelain
Lattice Blue/Orange by J. Chew
Malaysian born and New York resident, Jamie Chew, creator and designer of the J. Chew Porcelain line, has some of my favorite porcelain patterns. Her dinnerware is geometric with a colorful, modern edge and unmistakable individualistic style. The unique combination of asian infused motifs paired with the fine mastery and tradition of Limoges Porcelain, gives this very fresh & energetic collection an air of sophistication and informal elegance. Available for purchase at Michael C. Fina.
Haviland Limoges 1842
Laque De Chine Orange Gold by Haviland Limoges
Haviland Limoges began in 1842 when David Haviland, enthralled with the fine China coming from the Limoges region in France, moved across the atlantic to start his own company. The Laque De Chine collection, rimmed in 20 different exquisite and vibrant hues, and edged in 22 karat gold (platinum option available as well), is chic and exuberant. Individually painted and decorated by Limoges artisans, this dinnerware exudes both a sense of luxury and spirit. Available at stores like William Sonoma Home and Neiman Marcus.
Eventails Blue and Orient Dinnerware Collection by Haviland Limoges
Dishwasher safe, the whimsical, ocean inspired pattern in vibrant blues, and gold detailing, make this Eventails Blue and Orient collection hard to resist. It seems to capture a sense of playful novelty that would make setting any table fun.
Renaissance Gold Fine Bone China by Wedgewood.
This Wedgwood pattern, with its bold blue and gilded detailing, inspired by the Neo-classical architect and designer Robert Adam, and the Wedgwood Archives, is seeped in historical influences. The collection is both timeless and current, decadent yet fresh, and simple. I especially love the creamer!
Vera Wang Golden Grosgrain Fine Bone China for Wedgwood.
A Grosgrain ribbon inspired collection designed by Vera Wang for Wedgwood is everything you would expect it to be and more. True to form, Vera provides an exquisite blend of simplicity, romanticism, delicate detail, and modern grace.
Arcades dinnerware collection by Philippe Deshoulieres
A seventh generation family owned company, Philipe Deshouliers has been a leading french porcelain manufacturer since 1862. The green and gold arched embellishments, said to be inspired by the manicured gardens of France, are distinctive, fresh, and fun. Available in stores such as, Barron’s
and Bed Bath and Beyond
, along with many others.