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A Nest of Pearls

Every work of art has a story to tell and masterpieces by world-renowned porcelain manufacturer, Herend, are brimming with incredible tales. The company’s Rothschild Bird pattern, first created in the 1860 and considered the ultimate example of porcelain handpainting, tells the story of the Baroness Rothschild and her lost pearl necklace. According to the story circulated among members of the affluent Rothschild family, the baroness lost her necklace one day in the lush garden of her Vienna residence. Several days later, the gardener found lovely little birds playing with the precious necklace in a tree. This unusual family anecdote became the inspiration for the twelve different motifs in the Rothschild Bird pieces, a collection intentionally created for the Rothschilds. Herend masterfully recreated the story with vibrant, handpainted illustrations on elegant, high-grade porcelain. You can find serving pieces, chargers, dinner plates, tea and coffee sets and even table accessories that are adorned by the emblematic Herend Rothschild Birds pattern.

Shop for Rothschild Bird Dinnerware
Shop for Rothschild Bird Dinnerware

 

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Queen Victoria dined on it, and Princess Diana delighted to it in her annual Christmas stocking. Now it’s time to savor a special Herend experience of your own.

Brush your fingers along Herend’s smooth white porcelain body and hand painted designs, and sense the passion of great sculptors, master painters and visionary designers imbued in every piece they lovingly craft. Intended for use and enjoyment as well as artistic appreciation, Herend’s durability and ease of care ensure it fits perfectly with your lifestyle.

Herend holds a rich history spanning many years, crossing many oceans and charming generation after generation to enjoy worldwide acclaim as the pinnacle in supreme porcelain, also known as “white gold.” Now the biggest porcelain manufactory in Europe, Herend was founded in 1826 in the small village of Herend, Hungary to produce pottery.  In 1839 a major turning point occurred when Mor Fischer became the manufactory’s new owner. Taking Herend in an entirely new direction, visionary Fischer carved out the unique niche of producing dinnerware replacement pieces for Europe’s royal families to complement their valuable porcelain patterns from Germany and the Far East.

Fischer engineered a string of royal successes that quickly put Herend on the map and led to the next phase of Herend’s growth, when manufactory artists began designing dinnerware patterns of their own. Queen Victoria’s 1851 purchase of a large set for Windsor Castle was a milestone, setting the stage for aristocrats throughout Europe to clamor for Herend in their estates.

In the 1870s Herend added meticulously-crafted figurines to its creations. Folk figurines commanded center stage until demand for Herend’s animal figurines gradually grew in the1930s. Herend’s trademark fishnet design – which is most popular in the U.S.—originated in 1874 when an artist intrigued with a Chinese plate’s fish scale design painted it onto a rooster figurine’s breast to imitate feathers.

Herend was formally brought to the U.S. marketplace in 1957 by Martin’s Herend Imports, Inc., the U.S. importer and wholesale distributor. Today Herend is sold in more than 350 fine retail stores nationwide, which are the only authorized sources of genuine Herend porcelain. The only way to be confident your purchase is authentic is to shop at an authorized Herend dealer.

Herend Rothschild Bird Motifs
Herend Rothschild Bird Motifs

 

Better Than Another Ugly Tie….

Father’s Day is June 19th, 2016. We have a wide assortment of gifts for all the fathers, fathers-in-law, and grandfathers in your life.

For the first time Dad

The first year of fatherhood is something to celebrate. For that very first Father’s Day, mark the occasion with a very special memento to last a lifetime.

Lladro
Lladro “A Circle of Love”

 

Lladro
Lladro “Priceless Moment”

For the Dad who likes to Golf

Whether your father is a golf champion or just really enjoys it, the golf themed gifts below are sure to be a hole-in-one.

 

 

Lladro
Lladro “Golf Champion”

 

 

Mottahedeh
Mottahedeh “Golf Club Ring Tray”

 

 

For the Dad who knows everything there is to know about Beer

 

Orrefors Beer Tasting Set
Orrefors Beer Tasting Set

 

 

Mariposa Beer Coaster Set
Mariposa Beer Coaster Set

 

 

For the Whiskey drinking Dad

 

Waterford Lismore Connoisseur Tumbler Mixed Set of 4
Waterford Lismore Connoisseur Tumbler Mixed Set of 4

 

 

Waterford Lismore Square Decanter
Waterford Lismore Square Decanter

 

 

Orrefors Street Decanter
Orrefors Street Decanter

 

 

Orrefors Street Tumbler Pair
Orrefors Street Tumbler Pair

 

For the Dad who Loves Cocktails

Is your dad the life of the party that loves to play bartender for everyone? This lovely bar set from Mary Jurek would be a great addition to his bar.

Mary Jurek Cosmo Bar Set
Mary Jurek Cosmo Bar Set

For the Hunting and Fishing Fathers

We have a number of items that celebrate the Great Outdoors, ranging in price from $10 to over $4000.

Maleras
Maleras “Pair of Deer”

 

 

Steuben Trout and Fly
Steuben Trout and Fly

 

 

Trout Ornament
Trout Ornament

 

 

For the Art Collector

We have a number of limited edition signed art glass collectible pieces in the store. From our renowned Steuben collection, to the prestigious Seguso art glass, the discerning Dad will find something to add to his collection.

Seguso Pangea Alga Bottle Vase
Seguso Pangea Alga Bottle Vase

For the Role Model

Mottahedeh
Mottahedeh “Good Faith” Verse Tray

For the Proud Milwaukee or Wisconsin Resident

Wisconsin Football Ornament
Wisconsin Football Ornament

 

 

Wisconsin Basketball Ornament
Wisconsin Basketball Ornament

 

Robin Berk Green Bay Packer Tree Topper
Robin Berk Green Bay Packer Tree Topper

 

Door County Topographical Map
Door County Topographical Map

 

 

For the spiritual Father

Waterford offers a number of lovely crosses that will make a great addition to Dad’s collection.

 

Waterford Kells Standing Cross
Waterford Kells Standing Cross

Looking for more information? Contact our sales staff at 1-800-747-9288.

 

In Search of the Perfect Anniversary Gift

June has historically been the most popular month for weddings, with the rest of the summer months falling a close second. Not only does that mean lots of weddings, but it also means lots of anniversaries. We are often asked about the traditional gifts for particular anniversaries, and the Watts staff has put together this handy gift guide to give you some additional ideas when searching for a particularly meaningful gift.

1st Anniversary

William Yeoward Classic Shagreen Dark Blue Photo Frame
William Yeoward Classic Shagreen Dark Blue Photo Frame

For the first anniversary, the traditional gift is paper, while the modern gift marks the passage of time with a beautiful clock. A creative twist on the original gift could be to put a favorite quote or favorite photograph in a beautiful frame.

2nd Anniversary

 

 

 

Wedgwood Oberon Dinnerware Collection

Wedgwood Oberon Dinnerware Collection

For the second anniversary, the traditional gift is cotton, while the modern gift is china. This is the perfect time to finish out any remaining items on one’s wedding registry, or to add serving pieces.

3rd Anniversary

 

 

 

 

William Yeoward Corinne Collection

William Yeoward Corinne Collection

The modern gift for the third anniversary is crystal or glass – again, a great to time continue to add to one’s barware or stemware collection. A crystal vase of beautiful flowers or a decanter filled with one’s favorite type of spirits are always welcome gifts.

4th Anniversary

 

Maleras Purple Orchid Miniature
Maleras Purple Orchid Miniature

The traditional gift for the fourth anniversary is fruit or flowers, which can be displayed in a beautiful bowl, or for a more permanent and lasting gift, these Maleras flowers will remain on display for years to come.

5th Anniversary

 

 

Nambe Butterfly Salad Bowl with Servers

Nambe Butterfly Salad Bowl with Servers

For your fifth anniversary, the traditional gift of wood can be given in the form of a nice salad set or cheeseboard, or a beautiful piece of wooden furniture. The modern gift is silverware, which is an excellent time to finish out any remaining flatware that you might be missing from your registry.

6th Anniversary

 

 

Watts Tea Shop English Butter Toffee

Watts Tea Shop English Butter Toffee

The traditional gift for the 6th anniversary is candy. We recommend our English Butter Toffee from The Watts Tea Shop, placed inside a lovely candy dish like this one from Waterford.

7th Anniversary

 

 

Milwaukee Desk Box

Milwaukee Desk Box

The traditional gift for the 7th anniversary is wool, while the modern gift is a desk set. For Milwaukee couples, this Milwaukee Desk box is a great addition to anyone’s desk or night stand.

8th and 9th Anniversaries

 

 

Simon Pearce Belmont Celadon Mug

Simon Pearce Belmont Celadon Mug

8th and 9th - The traditional gift for the 8th anniversary is pottery, while it is the modern suggestion for the 9th anniversary, and we have some beautiful handcrafted Simon Pearce bowls and mugs that would be perfect for this or any occasion. Juliska bakeware also fits well in anyone’s home.

10th Anniversary

 

 

Match Pewter Candlestick Pair

Match Pewter Candlestick Pair

The traditional gift for the tenth anniversary is made from tin or aluminum. Celebrate a decade together with a Mariposa Recycled Aluminum Cake Stand, or with a set of pewter candlesticks from Match Pewter (pewter is 95% tin).

11th Anniversary

 

 

Mary Jurek Mesa Square Trays

Mary Jurek Mesa Square Trays

Steel might seem like an odd gift for an anniversary, but the traditional gift of stainless steel for the eleventh anniversary has an enduring quality. We love this collection of trays by Mary Jurek.

15th Anniversary

 

 

Waterford Lismore Clock

Waterford Lismore Clock

The traditional gift for the fifteenth anniversary is crystal, while the modern interpretation is watches. A combination of the two could be a lovely Waterford clock.

 

20th Anniversary

 

 

Lladro

Lladro “Happy Anniversary” Re-Deco Sculpture

Twenty years together is traditionally marked by china, while the modern gift has become platinum. A lovely combination of the two is this Lladro “Happy Anniversary” sculpture, which takes the classic Lladro design, and re-imagines it in white with platinum accents.

25th Anniversary

 

Christofle Anemone Tray
Christofle Anemone Tray

The twenty-fifth anniversary is traditionally known as the Silver Anniversary. Watts offers a number of frames, whether sterling or silverplate, that can be personalized, as well as silver serving pieces.

30th Anniversary

 

 

Reed & Barton Mother-Of-Pearl 8x10 Frame

Reed & Barton Mother-Of-Pearl 8x10 Frame

The traditional gift for the 30th anniversary is Pearl. This lovely Mother-of-Pearl frame is a lovely way to commemorate three decades together.

35th Anniversary

 

 

Medard de Noblat Corail Or Tea Pot

Medard de Noblat Corail Or Tea Pot

The traditional gift for the 35th anniversary is Coral, while the modern gift is jade. One environmentally-friendly option for the coral gift is this lovely Limoges porcelain tea pot from Medard de Noblat.

40th Anniversary

 

 

Waterford Lismore Diamond Ruby 8

Waterford Lismore Diamond Ruby 8” Vase

At Watts, we unfortunately do not sell anything with actual rubies for the Ruby Wedding Anniversary, but this Lismore Diamond Ruby 8” Vase offers an excellent alternative.

45th Anniversary

 

 

Waterford Lismore Sapphire Toasting Flute Pair

Waterford Lismore Sapphire Toasting Flute Pair

The 45th anniversary is traditionally the Sapphire Anniversary. A pair of beautiful sapphire crystal toasting flutes, or a sapphire-colored art glass vase makes a memorable gift for this anniversary.

50th Anniversary

 

 

William Yeoward Gold Oval Wave Dish

William Yeoward Gold Oval Wave Dish

The Golden Anniversary is the celebration of 5 decades together. Whether you mark this occasion with an item plated in gold, like the porcelain dish shown above, or an item in crystal with gold accents, like these Waterford Lismore Essence Gold Double Old-Fashioned glasses, this is a momentous milestone to celebrate with something truly special.

60th Anniversary

 

 

Waterford Lismore Diamond 12

Waterford Lismore Diamond 12” Centerpiece Bowl

The sixtieth anniversary is celebrated with diamonds. We love the Waterford Lismore Diamond pattern, with this bowl made in Ireland sure to make any occasion memorable.

If in doubt, a gift certificate to George Watts & Son or The Watts Tea Shop are sure to fill your loved one’s heart with appreciation! Watts also offers a selection of gifts that can be personalized. For more information, contact our knowledgeable sales staff at 1-800-747-9288.

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