At Mottahedeh we were treated to a fine lesson in it's history by none other then it's president, Wendy Kvalheim. She was gracious enough to detail to us the storied past of Mottahedeh and fascinating tidbits we were not aware of. For example Mottahedeh's famous Blue Canton patten is not really the name of a pattern, but of a shape. However since the term is under copyright by Mottahedeh, it has come to signify all the flow blue-like pieces made by them which contain a pagoda.
Mottahedeh creates patterns primarily through reproducing antique patterns found in museums and collections which are exclusively licensed to them. Among the patterns they are most famous for are Duke of Gloucester and their best-seller, Mottahedeh Tobbaco Leaf. After a lengthy explanation of the processes that go into the making of china in general and cobalt/flow blue in particular, we were shown the reproduction of the actual pattern used by President George Washington and currently on display in Mount Vernon.
Lenox was typically busy and was well represented by it's standard bearers such as Lenox Autumn and Lenox Solitaire Crystal as well as the new arrivals. At the entrance to the Lenox showroom which occupies it's own floor, guests are treated to actual plates that are part of the services made by Lenox for many US Presidents. The most recent set was made for President George W. Bush in 2009. We saw sets for Clinton, Reagan, Truman, FDR and Wilson among many others. The largest set made to date has been for Bush, which contains over 300 place settings.
Tune in next time for more, including the $65,000 vase available from Herend :).