James Gillis

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The Story of Sterling: 19th Century Silver Patterns

July 5th, 2016

The creation of a well-designed pattern is the work of an artist. Different designs can immediately suggest the personality of the silver piece and assert its value and context. More than just simple decoration, silver patterns hold a place of unforgettable beauty. Coffee poured from a slender shining Chrysanthemum pot, and a carving knife graced with the elegant, mythological forms of the Tiffany Olympian pattern become active participants in the dining occasion. Conversation pieces all on their own, the different patterns and styles of silver are a not not only a testament to the innate artistry of silversmiths, but windows into the fascinating history of silver.

Dining as an Art: Caring for Your Silver Collection

April 18th, 2016

Since its inception in 1837, silver flatware by Tiffany & Co. has brought a touch of luxury to dining rooms in a manner of unparalleled craftsmanship and elegance. Synonymous with timeless style, the Tiffany & Co. Silver Company began retailing silverware at the onset of an era of rapid wealth expansion in America. This new […]

For the Love of Porcelain: Meissen’s Cupid

February 1st, 2016

Chocolates, flowers, cozy candle-lit dinners – these ordinary words gain a special significance this time of year around Valentine’s Day. This season of grand romantic gestures and proclamations of love is often personified by its most popular mascot – the mischievous young Cupid. The name alone conjures an image of a chubby-cheeked cherub wielding his infamous bow and arrow. Yet, the plump young cherub that today adorns Valentine’s cards and chocolate boxes is actually older than the holiday itself.

A King Among Porcelain: KPM

November 11th, 2015

Earning a legendary reputation after over 250 years of superior porcelain production, KPM Berlin porcelain and china is considered among the finest in the world in terms of quality, creativity, and history. Almost exclusively crafted by hand in classic forms, KPM porcelain has become synonymous with beautiful and timeless pieces that possess a character that surpasses their mere practical uses. A lasting expression of individuality and luxury, KPM Berlin porcelain remains highly desirable and treasured today.

Master of Glass: Lalique Perfume Bottles

August 7th, 2015

Renowned for his impeccable artistry in glass design, René Lalique is a legend of his craft. His illustrious career began in 1881 as a designer of stunning jewelry creations, and he eventually took over the workshop of jeweler Jules Destape in Paris. For nearly a decade, Lalique concentrated exlusively on fine jewelry design, but by 1890 the celebrated artisan began his first experiments in designs using glass. Lalique would, by the early 20th century, fully emerge not only as a master of Art Nouveau jewelry, but also an Art Deco master of glass who would irrevocably change the world of glassmaking.

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