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Blue and White

High fire fine china porcelains are produced withan ancient style of painting using a natural cobalt mineral ore, so it is easy to color and the color never fades. A saying often used by Mrs. Mottahedeh was “The height of good taste is the simple appreciation of blue and white.”

The Chinese were the first to use the cobalt blue imported from Persia. Cobalt blue porcelains can range from a crisp dark blue (fired at lower temperatures) brilliant violet blue (fired at medium temperatures) or pale and gray (fired at very high temperatures).

The best range of color to look for is the mid-range cobalt.  It will appear slightly melted but the detail will be sharp, powerful but with great delicacy. Mix and match your blues for a pleasing effect in decoration and shape. 

 
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    High fire fine china porcelains are produced withan ancient style of painting using a natural cobalt mineral ore, so it is easy to color and the color never fades. A saying often used by Mrs. Mottahedeh was “The height of good taste is the simple appreciation of blue and white.”

    The Chinese were the first to use the cobalt blue imported from Persia. Cobalt blue porcelains can range from a crisp dark blue (fired at lower temperatures) brilliant violet blue (fired at medium temperatures) or pale and gray (fired at very high temperatures).

    The best range of color to look for is the mid-range cobalt.  It will appear slightly melted but the detail will be sharp, powerful but with great delicacy. Mix and match your blues for a pleasing effect in decoration and shape. 

    Blue and White High fire fine china porcelains are produced withan ancient style of painting...
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    Historic maps have held the fascination of many people throughout the centuries because they are a window into the minds of earlier cultures.  Rare and expensive items, they gave the bearer the power of knowledge to navigate oceans and distant lands.  Early maps were often highly decorated.  The maps and images shown here were designed from authentic originals in the collection of Richard Levine and Kathy Ales.

    Passion for Maps Historic maps have held the fascination of many people throughout the centuries because they are a window into the minds of ...
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    In ancient China the dragon became the symbol for the Emporor, bestowing good fortune and protection on the righteous.  The period of the Emporor K’ang Hsi (1622-1722) was one of the high points in the development of blue and white wares.  This cobalt plate design dates from then.  Classic design is fresh and contemporary in any age because of its timeless proportions and balance.

    Blue Dragon In ancient China the dragon became the symbol for the Emporor, bestowing good fortune and protection on the rig...
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    This graceful design with its leaves, berries and butterflies was derived from antique Chinese palace porcelain.  The period is Kangxi  (1662-1722) and the decoration is called Famille Verte or Green Family.  This was a period when porcelain makers discovered the properties of copper for green and iron for red in a delightful and enduring style, enlarging their repertoire of producing a simpler treatment using just blues. 

    Famille Verte Tea Service This graceful design with its leaves, berries and butterflies was derived from antique Chinese palace porcelain...
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    This pattern was chosen by Nelson Rockefeller, former Vice President of the United States, when he and Mrs. Mottahedeh launched a reproductions business together.  The original of this service was made in China for the East India Company between 1736 -1795. The design is actually a moth with outstretched wings on a blue starry field,juxtaposed with birds flying in a light-filled sky.

    Golden Butterfly This pattern was chosen by Nelson Rockefeller, former Vice President of the United States, when he and Mrs. Mot...
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    The large punch bowl, circa 1760-1775, is a beautiful balance of strong geometric elements and also naturalistic elements in the form of branches, fruit, flowers and birds.  The bold blues are created with cobalt and fired to a very high temperature.  The soft greens, pinks and russet tones provide subtlety. A reproduction licensed by Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia.

    Basset Hall Bowl The large punch bowl, circa 1760-1775, is a beautiful balance of strong geometric elements and also naturalisti...
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    This is a Chinese export pattern of about 1800. The Chinese word for Butterfly, tieh, is a word which expresses the wish that the oner might live to a ripe old age.  The pattern was evident in colonial Charleston, south Carolina, a prosperous seaport and cultural center.  Licensed by Historic Charleston Foundation.

    Sacred bird and Butterfly This is a Chinese export pattern of about 1800. The Chinese word for Butterfly, tieh, is a word which expresses...
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    This pattern, collected by Henry Francis, Dupont, noted millionaire business man, philanthropist, dairy farmer and horticulturalist, is unusual for the very beautiful shape of the plates and the many colored bouquet in the center. Chinese designs that have this border, depicting butterflies, honeycombs and flowers is commonly referred to as Fiitzhugh. His Winterthur Museum and Gardens has licensed Mottahedeh to faithfully reproduce this pattern.

    Mandarin Bouquet Table This pattern, collected by Henry Francis, Dupont, noted millionaire business man, philanthropist, dairy farmer ...
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    The Merian Service was designed by Mottahedeh from a Chinese dessert plate produced circa 1735.  We went back to the original artwork of Maria Sybilla Merians definitive scientific study “Metomorphosis Insectorum Surinamenuim” published in Holland in 1705 and hand colored the black and white linework drawings.

    This remarkable dinnerware service features flowers and butterflies surrounded by an ornate rust and blue chain border.  The collection is designed with 25 colors and clear raised enamels that glint in the light accented by soft matt gold.  No two motifs on this service are identical.  A true work of art and history.

    Merian The Merian Service was designed by Mottahedeh from a Chinese dessert plate produced circa 1735.  We went b...
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    We found these delightful creatures in a private home in Charleston, South Carolina.  They are door stops, historic, with a decided contemporary twist.  Made of “white metal” and patina’d to a soft mottled brown, they can keep each other company at the door or stand guard at two different doors.  Sold as a pair.

    Moon Gazing Rabbits We found these delightful creatures in a private home in Charleston, South Carolina.  They are door stops,...
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    Tobacco Leaf shown here is an iconic design well known in the 18th Century from China and our best selling style.  Probably derived from Indian textiles, a small phoenix bird perches on the leaves of the flowering Nicotiana (Tobacco) plant.  This pattern has been in the Mottahedeh line for over 30 years.

    Tobacco Leaf Ginger Jar Tobacco Leaf shown here is an iconic design well known in the 18th Century from China and our best s...
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    This cachepot (or flower pot) was adapted from the original five sided antique with raised turquoise feet.  The delicate bat design and five curvacious sides have a specific Chinese symbolism.  Wufu, symbolized by the bat, refers to the Five Happinesses or blessings.  These are Health, Wealth, Virtue, Long Life and a Good End. A spectacular gift for orchid enthusiasts.

    Also available with a Famille Verte design.

    Wufu Cachepot This cachepot (or flower pot) was adapted from the original five sided antique with raised turquoise feet. ...
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    These perfect little plates are nice as a set of four for a hostess gift.  They can be used for tapas or as drink coasters.  They can be assorted any way you prefer.  Each plate has a background pattern of faux wood or stone and the entwining design is of Moorish origin, delicate, tasteful, and interesting.

    Alhambra Canape Plates These perfect little plates are nice as a set of four for a hostess gift.  They can be used for tapas or a...
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    This pattern was originally produced as a private dinner service for the Duke of Gloucester, the brother of England’s King George III. It is notable for its effusion of fruits, leaves, flowers and butterflies and 22 carat gold feathering; one of the most popular dinner patterns in Mottahedeh’s assortment. From the museum collection of Colonial Williamsburg, it dates back to 1770 the end of the colonies and the beginning of the United States of America.

    Duke of Gloucester This pattern was originally produced as a private dinner service for the Duke of Gloucester, the brother of England’s ...
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    When the fragrance is a memory, the vessel is a treasure.  Vila Hermanos and Mottahedeh have joined hands

    to produce an exclusive range of home fragrances in keepsake porcelain covered jars.

    Seven fragrances span 14 porcelain styles.  Each decoration has its own scent.

    The wax is 100 percent vegetable wax with no palm oil to produce a smoke-free burn. 

    The highest quality French scents are lovingly combined in each jar for a complex fragrance with as many as 10 scents.  

    Discover the subtle variations of the top notes, heart notes, and bottom notes.  The fragrance is ample.

    The candles are packaged in an elegant box with a gold and blue band that illustrates our heritage of design throughout the decades.

    Mottahedeh's renowned high fire porcelain is brilliant in color and design and will last for generations.  Produced in Portugal.

    An important gift. Products available in October 2014.

    HeirLuminare Home Fragrance- A Level Beyond When the fragrance is a memory, the vessel is a treasure.  ...