Our next stop was one of our favorites: Herend. We love stopping by to see the dinnerware pieces and figurines introduced for the show. The showcase piece was a huge vase (similar but not part of the Herend Rothschild Bird pattern) hand-made and the culmination of over 200 hours of artistry and craftsmanship. The price for this museum quality piece? A mere $65,000. Only two have been made with one already sold.
A trend that became obvious as the day wore on was the growing tendency of brands to reduce stock on hand to the minimum possible. This was confirmed for us at the Portmerion Group, makes of Portmerion and recent acquirers of Spode and Royal Worcester. It seems companies would rather have customers wait for orders to be filled then be left with overstock they then need to move. Another consequence of today's challenging economic environment.
Royal Copenhagen is another favorite stop of ours. We love spending some time with the worlds most expensive china, Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica. It's quite a feeling to finger a piece of china which cost upwards of $25,000. Royal Copenhagen Blue Fluted is their most popular offering and maintains a solid presence in their showroom as well.
A new stop for us was at Arthur Court, based out of California. They tend to deal mostly with gift-type items in pewter, some of them quite original in appearance and design.
The takeaway for us as replacement and discontinued china specialists is that as companies continue to retire more patterns, our service will be needed more and more by people looking to replace broken items or add to their collection. The is a task we look forward to doing with great anticipation.
Looking to sell china or crystal? We pay cash for many brands and patterns.